McConaughey Out Of “Magic Mike XXL”

Matthew McConaughey, who stole the show in the 2012 stripper drama “Magic Mike,” will reportedly not be a part of the upcoming sequel entitled “Magic Mike XXL”.

It isn’t just scheduling conflicts though that are to blame, the film’s director Greg Jacobs tells The Playlist that the sequel will be “very different”. He goes on to say:

“What am I allowed to say? … It’s road trip movie and put it this way, it’s different enough that once you see it you’ll understand why we made a sequel. No one will be accusing us of making the same movie twice.”

Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello are the only confirmed returnees at the moment. It’s not known if any of the others will be back, but new cast members will definitely be joining the follow-up.

Reid Carolin and Tatum penned the sequel which has commenced second unit photography ahead of the primary shoot which will kick off in a couple of weeks.

The first film’s director, Steven Soderbergh, is returning and will serve as director of photography and editor on the film. Asked about the collaboration, Jacobs says:

“I wish I could get a good DP… I think it’s going to be really fun. I mean, I’m on set every day when we’re shooting [Steven’s projects] as it is. We’re constantly suggesting stuff to each other. It’s really intimate and collaborative and it always has been. So I think it’ll be a lot of fun. We already shot some second unit stuff which was a total blast. I think it’s going to be a good time.”