This isn’t entirely unexpected, but we can put a big R.I.P. on the wishful thoughts that every Magic Mike cast member would be back for Magic Mike XXL. Despite the global success of director Steven Soderbergh’s original film (the $7 million budget was rewarded with a $167 million worldwide gross), co-star Matthew McConaughey will not be returning. I’m not too surprised since the sequel is already shooting and we hadn’t heard too much about his involvement.
Magic Mike XXL is being directed by Gregory Jacobs and will be shot by Peter Andrews (aka Steven Soderbergh) and edited by Mary Ann Bernard (aka Steven Soderbergh). And don’t worry, it still stars Channing Tatum. Hit the jump for more on Matthew McConaughey not coming back for Magic Mike XXL.