After much speculation, the official synopsis for the upcoming stripper sequel “Magic Mike XXL” has been unveiled along with the cast line up which features surprise additions. In celebration of the film kicking off production, Warner Bros. Pictures made the announcement on Monday with help from Greg Silverman, the President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production and Sue Kroll, the President of Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution.
While we already knew some of the original cast members including Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello were returning to reprise their roles, the studio’s announcement does confirm two famous new cast mates. “The Hunger Games” actress Elizabeth Banks is the latest female to join the cast and “Live with Kelly and Michael” host Michael Strahan is the newest male attached to the flick. While their roles weren’t specified, fans are distracted zeroing in on the synopsis.
According to Warner Bros. Pictures, “Magic Mike XXL” takes place three years after Mike (Tatum) bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game. Determined to end his reign with the remaining Kings of Tampa on his own terms, Mike and his stripper friends decide to bring down the house with one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach. 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.
As confirmed last week, Tatum is joined by Johnny Depp’s fiancé Amber Heard, “Gotham’s” Jada Pinkett Smith and “Footloose” Andi MacDowell. Alex Pettyfer is also set to return along with Gabriel Iglesias. Fans will surly eagerly wait for the first round of posters and trailers to hit the web during the promotional blitz leading up to “Magic Mike XXL’s” July 1st, 2015 release.
Sharing his excitement for the sequel, Silverman gushed, “‘Magic Mike’ was a tremendous crowd-pleaser, scoring with critics and audiences across the board. We look forward to continuing the magic with so many of the talented individuals who made that film such a success–both in front of and behind the camera–and welcome these wonderful additions to the cast.”
Kroll said, “‘Magic Mike’ delighted audiences everywhere with a fun and fascinating glimpse into a world few people ever see, becoming both a critical and commercial triumph. We’re thrilled to bring these memorable characters back to the big screen, along with some exciting new ones, in a story that will take them even further.”