'Magic Mike XXL' Set For Summer 2015, Cast Expected To Return

Ladies (and gentleman) of Tampa (and the world), Magic Mike 2 – officially called Magic Mike XXL – is coming July 3, 2015. Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin have been writing the film for several months. Now, in a new interview, the star revealed the film will be a road trip movie. He also said all of the cast members — including Matthew McConaughey – are expected to return, even though deals haven't been set. Read his quotes and more below.

The Magic Mike 2 release date was announced by ERCBoxOffice. It'll open against Terminator: Genesis.

As for the rest of the information, it comes from this interview with MTV (the same one as the Gambit stuff). The Magic Mike XXL stuff comes in at 2:45.

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Tatum said he's been writing it for two months but has definitely been struggling. When asked about actors, he said "I think everyone's gonna be back, I think.  Obviously no one's deals are done which is always kind of scary." Finally, he said the following about the tone and plot:

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.  This one, we want there to be a lot of conflict and a lot of struggle, but we also want there to be a s***-ton of fun.  A s***-ton of just ridiculous stuff that you would never see in a movie.

Steven Soderbergh, who directed the first film, will hand off the directing duties this time to his first AD Gregory Jacobs. Soderbergh's film was probably 70% dark, 30% fun. From Tatum's statement, it kind of sounds like the inverse this time around. Commercially, that sounds smart but critically, I was much more into the twisted version of the American dream in the first movie than the male stripping.

What do you think about the Magic Mike 2 release date?