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‘Magic Mike: XXL’ Set For July 4th Weekend 2015; Channing Tatum Says Entire Cast Returning

The Playlist By Edward Davis | The Playlist April 15, 2014 at 2:21PM

What do we know about “Magic Mike 2” so far? Well, as we revealed exclusively a few weeks back, the official title will be “Magic Mike XXL” and Greg Jacobs, Steven Soderbergh’s longtime producer/first A.D./creative co-hort will take over the directing duties (Soderbergh has “retired” which basically means directing TV, but no feature films).
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Magic Mike 2

What do we know about “Magic Mike 2” so far? Well, as we revealed exclusively a few weeks back, the official title will be “Magic Mike XXL” and Greg Jacobs, Steven Soderbergh’s longtime producer/first A.D./creative co-hort, will take over the directing duties (Soderbergh has “retired” which basically means directing TV, but no feature films).

And more news has arrived. Warner Bros. has slotted the movie for a July 4th weekend in 2015. America, get happy (though the gang of strippers will have to face off against the new "Terminator" reboot which could prove to be a challenge). Who’s returning for the sequel? Obviously Matthew McConaughey and Alex Pettyfer were seemingly written out of the narrative, but asked point blank about McConaughey, star/producer/co-writer Channing Tatum recently told MTV, “I think everyone’s gonna be back, I think, Obviously no one’s deals are done which is always kind of scary.”

And more, Tatum promises this one will feature a bit traveling. “This one will be a road trip movie. Without giving a lot away, we don’t wanna make it a really serious, slice-of-life movie. We want to have reality in it, but we don’t want to make it some dark drama. There was some darkness in the last one that I think surprised people and shocked people," he said. "This one, we want there to be a lot of conflict and a lot of struggle, but we also want there to be a shit-ton of fun. A shit-ton of just ridiculous stuff that you would never see in a movie.”

And there's even more Tatum news. He’s met with the producers of 'X-Men' to possibly play the character Gambit because the “Magic Mike” star loves that particular mutant.

“I met with Lauren Schuler Donner. I would love—Gambit’s my really only X-Men that I’ve ever loved. I [mean] I’ve loved them all, they’re all great, [but] I don’t know I guess just being from down south—my dad’s from Louisiana and I’m from Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida—I don’t know I just related to him," he explained. "He’s just kind of a suave; he’s the most un-X-Men X-Man who’s ever been in X-Men, other than maybe Wolverine. He’s kind of like the anti-hero; he’s a thief. He’s not even like a hero, he’s kind of walking the line of grey. He loves women and drinking and smoking, he’s just a cool guy that happens to have a good moral center.”

Will it happen? Tatum says, “I hope it does [come together]. You never know, it’s a weird industry. If the stars align, I would play it. I’m already working on the accent.” In the meantime, at least you have “Magic Mike 2” to look forward to. Full interview below.

This article is related to: Magic Mike XXL, Channing Tatum, Gambit, X-Men: First Class


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