Break out the tear-away firemen costumes and book the waxing appointments, we’re heading back to the stripperverse with a third Magic Mike movie set to see the return of star Channing Tatum and director Steven Soderbergh.
Rooms across the globe rose by around 10 degrees celsius today as Tatum announced that Magic Mike’s Last Dance was about to become a reality. He even showed the receipts with a photo of the threequel’s new script on Twitter. “Well world, looks like Mike Lane’s tapping back in,” wrote the actor and former exotic dancer.
Perhaps surprisingly, the new film won’t be making its debut in theatres, instead premiering on HBO Max. Take this as your tip off to buy that Cyber Monday big screen, high definition TV now.
The Magic team of Tatum, Soderbergh, writer Reid Carolin, and producer Greg Jacobs will reunite for the new project, prompting the movie’s star to tell Variety that “There are no words for how excited I am to blow the doors off of the world of Magic Mike with Steven, Greg, Reid and the amazing people at HBO Max. The stripperverse will never be the same.”
It was the multiple iterations of the Magic Mike live show that brought Soderbergh back on board after the filmmaker declined to direct the sequel, Magic Mike XXL. “As soon as I saw what Channing, Reid, and the Magic Mike choreographic team did with the live show, I said we have to make another movie. Mike Lane’s dream of connecting people through dance must be realized,” he said.
Fans most definitely agree, voicing their support for the return of Mike Lane, a character based on Tatum himself and his experiences as a Florida stripper. Some even offered casting suggestions beyond the original cast of Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello and Matthew McConaughey (who should be free now that he’s decided not to run for governor of Texas).
Others just reveled in the Magic moment.
The one thing missing from the conversation, however, was whether or not Lenny Kravitz will get his wish to have a cameo in the upcoming flick. We’ll be refreshing our social feeds all day to find out.
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