Magic Mike XXL

DIRECTOR: Gregory Jacobs

The original Magic Mike (2012) built a cult following among gay men—as well as the women who love them, happy to spend a raucous couple of hours admiring real-life former male stripper Channing Tatum and real-life gay icon Matt Bomer. Embracing the gleeful queer gaze at the film, savvy studio Warner Bros. even released an especially gay-friendly trailer and brought Magic Mike floats to pride parades. Now, with Magic Mike XXL’s special preview screening in the Castro Theatre at Frameline39, the cult following promises to become an open love affair.

Magic Mike XXL picks up three years after Mike (Channing Tatum) bowed out of the stripper life and finds the remaining Kings of Tampa (Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, and Gabriel Iglesias) likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their own way: burning down the house at one last blowout performance in Myrtle Beach, with legendary headliner Magic Mike returning to share the spotlight. On the road to their final show, the guys shake off the past—not to mention everything else—in surprising ways.

Directed by Emmy Award winner Gregory Jacobs (Behind the Candelabra) and executive produced by longtime collaborator and the first film’s director Steven Soderbergh, Magic Mike XXL will heap your plate with the extra, extra ample helpings of muscle and moves you’ve been waiting for.

Written by Reid Carolin and produced by Nick Wechsler, Gregory Jacobs, Channing Tatum, and Reid Carolin, the film also stars Amber Heard, Donald Glover, Andie MacDowell, Elizabeth Banks, and Jada Pinkett Smith. Magic Mike XXL is set for release on July 1st, 2015.

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