Michael Strahan just signed up to show the world his dancing moves. On September 29 Variety confirmed that Strahan will be appearing in the upcoming film “Magic Mike XXL,” which is the sequel to the stripper movie “Magic Mike,” released in 2012. Strahan is the latest actor to join the highly anticipated film, and is most well known as the co-host of “Live with Kelly and Michael,” a morning show on ABC.
Tatum appeared on the show to promote the first film, and joked that Strahan could appear in the sequel if he wanted to. Strahan confirmed on the show that Tatum had written him into the script for the sequel, and Strahan agreed to appear. The former NFL star also showed off some dance moves for the crowd and is expected to fill the hole left by Matthew McConaughey, who won’t appear in the sequel.
The host joins a cast that already includes Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash and Gabriel Iglesias. Newcomers to the cast include Elizabeth Banks, Amber Heard, Jada Pinkett Smith, Andie MacDowell and Donald Glover. Production on the film began several weeks ago, with a scheduled release date of next summer.
On September 29 Comingsoon.net posted the official synopsis for the film, which was originally supposed to be part of the first film, but was cut to make room for character development. The sequel will pick up three years after the original story, with Magic Mike retired and the rest of his team thinking about ending their careers as well. The official synopsis is listed below:
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.
Gregory Jacobs is the director on the new film, while Steven Soderbergh will return as an executive producer. “Magic Mike XXL” is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters on July 1, 2015. Tatum and his writing partner Reid Carolin completed the script last year. Both films are based on actually experiences that Channing Tatum lived through before he became an actor.