Magic Mike XXL adds Elizabeth Banks, Andie MacDowell and Amber Heard

Magic Mike XXL has been on a bit of a casting binge, adding no fewer than five major names to its growing ensemble.

Elizabeth Banks, Andie MacDowell, Amber Heard, Donald Glover and Jada Pinkett-Smith have all signed on to star in the forthcoming sequel, which goes some way towards making up for Matthew McConaughey’s non-appearance.

The film has also unveiled an official synopsis, with the road-movie skeleton fleshed out with a few more details…

“Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, Magic Mike XXL finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel,” reads the official blurb.

“But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them.”

“On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways.”

Channing Tatum will be back in the leading role, and while Steven Soderbergh has been replaced by Gregory Jacobs, the former director will be returning on cinematography duties.

Magic Mike XXL will open in the UK on 7 August 2015. Plenty of time to get chiselling those abs…

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