We haven't heard much about Magic Mike XXL since the title was confirmed in March, and filmmaker Gregory Jacobs, who served as assistant director and producer on 2012's Magic Mike, signed on to direct the follow-up. Star Channing Tatum has long contended that the entire Magic Mike cast will be back for the follow-up, but today, the director confirmed that recent Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey is not returning.
Steven Soderbergh, who is serving as editor, director of photography and a camera operator on the sequel, posted a few photos from the set on Twitter earlier this month, but Gregory Jacobs revealed that was from second unit work. Principal photography with the main cast is set to begin later this month. When asked about the story, Gregory Jacobs confirmed a report from May that the sequel will revolve around a road trip.
"(It will be) very different. What am I allowed to say? It's road trip movie and put it this way, it's different enough that once you see it you'll understand why we made a sequel. No one will be accusing us of making the same movie twice."
Magic Mike stars Channing Tatum, Matthew Bomer, Joe Manganiello and others are slated to reprise their roles, along with a handful of new cast members, although Gregory Jacobs wouldn't reveal any of their identities since deals haven't been finalized yet. The director also revealed that his longtime colleague Steven Soderbergh convinced him to direct the sequel, and to turn his idea for an indie comedy into what became the Amazon pilot Red Oaks. Here's what he had to say about the chance to get back on the set with Steven Soderbergh.
"I think it's going to be really fun. I mean, I'm on set every day when we're shooting [Steven's projects] as it is. We're constantly suggesting stuff to each other. It's really intimate and collaborative and it always has been. So I think it'll be a lot of fun. We already shot some second unit stuff which was a total blast. I think it's going to be a good time."