‘Magic Mike XXL’ Photo Gallery Introduces Some Fresh Meat
The boys of Magic Mike are returning to theaters this summer, and while a couple of their old friends have been left behind, they’re welcoming a handful of new cast members, including Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover and Andie MacDowell. Warner Bros. has unleashed almost 50 new stills from Magic Mike XXL, featuring old cast members and new, and you can even spot original Magic Mike director Steven Soderbergh hanging out on set.
Soderbergh isn’t directing films right now, but that didn’t keep him away from the set of Magic Mike XXL, where he’s acting as cinematographer, camera operator and editor. Gregory Jacobs, who worked as Soderbergh’s first assistant director for several years, serves as director on the upcoming sequel, which was once again scripted by Channing Tatum’s producing partner, Reid Carolin.
Returning for the sequel are Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash and Gabriel Iglesias, along with new cast members Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover, Jada Pinkett Smith, Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell, Michael Strahan and Stephen “tWitch” Boss (whom you may recognize as Ellen Degeneres’ in-house DJ on her talk show).
Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, ‘Magic Mike XXL’ finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them.
On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways.
Magic Mike XXL hits theaters on August 1.