The H is O. Fresh off the first clip, Warner Bros. has unleashed a slew of new images from the upcoming sequel Magic Mike XXL, revealing plenty of male stripper shenanigans as well as the fresh faces that are joining the unlikely franchise. Gregory Jacobs takes over as director this time around, though Steven Soderbergh is still onboard as cinematographer, camera operator, and editor.
Written by Reid Carolin, the story takes place three years after the events of Magic Mike, as Channing Tatum’s titular character has bowed out of the stripper game for good…or so he thinks. The rest of the Kings of Tampa decide to throw in the towel as well, but not before one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach with Mike sharing the spotlight. As the boys embark on a rowdy road trip, they renew old acquaintances and make new friends.
These images not only give us a preview of the central dance numbers, but also unveil the new characters. Jada Pinkett Smith plays a club owner, while Amber Heard, Donald Glover, Elizabeth Banks, and Andie MacDowell fill other supporting roles. The first film was a fairly brilliant meditation on the American dream, and while Magic Mike XXL appears to be a more playful film, I’m hoping that dramatic hook remains intact.
Check out all of the new images below, and click for high-resolution. The film opens in theaters on August 1st and also stars Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, Michael Strahan, and Gabriel Iglesias.
Here’s the official synopsis for Magic Mike XXL:
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.