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'Magic Mike XXL' begins production and reveals plot details

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On September 1 The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the follow up to the popular stripper movie "Magic Mike" has not only started filming, but major details have been released about the plot of the film. The upcoming "Magic Mike XXL" will pick up after the events of the first film and see the characters taking a road trip. The film is scheduled to arrive in theaters on July 1, 2015 and all of the principal cast are returning.

Channing Tatum, who stars in the lead role of Mike, co-wrote the script for original film and the sequel with his writing partner Reid Carolin. The films are loosely based on experiences that Tatum had working as a stripper before he became a movie star. The new story will follow Mike and the others going to stripper conventions outside of Florida, where the first film is based. The plot was pushed to the sequel in order to lengthen the story and add depth to the characters.

Director Steven Soderbergh, who directed the first film, tweeted a photo of the film's clapperboard for one of the first shots, which confirmed the production as well as the film's title. Soderbergh is passing on the director's chair to Gregory Jacobs, who has served as the first assistant director on many other Soderbergh films. However, Soderbergh will be serving as the director of photography, editor and camera operator for the film under the name Peter Andrews.

Tatum recently revealed in interviews that the sequel will be "crazier" than the first film. He described the sequel as an escalation of the first film, where thousands of women will be going crazy for the performances at the convention instead of just a full room at the club. Women come from all around the country to attend the stripper convention and all best are off once everyone is in the room. All the action, drama, and comedy from the first film will be multiplied to make the wow factor much more impressive.

Screenrant recently posted the news that the film will be taking advantage of the Fourth of July box office weekend, by moving up the release date to July 1, 2015. Previously, the film was scheduled to be released on July 3, but the original film was a success at the box office which could improve numbers for the sequel over a holiday weekend. So far, only Tatum has been officially confirmed to return for the sequel, but news about the other cast members like Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, and Joe Manganiello should be released in the coming weeks.

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