American actor Channing Tatum certainly caught the world’s attention in the 2012 comedy-drama film Magic Mike. Two movies and a whole lot of dancing later, Tatum and director Steven Soderbergh are back for the third film in the Magic Mike franchise, Magic Mike’s Last Dance.
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‘MAGIC MIKE’ SUCCESS
Magic Mike is loosely based on Channing Tatum’s experiences as a male stripper in Miami, Florida. The film follows 19-year-old Adam who navigates the world of male stripping. He is guided by Mike Lane (Channing Tatum). The film starred Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Olivia Munn, Riley Keough and Cody Horn.
The Magic Mike sequel, Magic Mike XXL was directed by Gregory Jacobs and released in 2015. In the sequel, Mike has left his stripping days behind him but decides to end off his stripping career on a high note.
According to Deadline, the first two films grossed $300 million (R4.8 billion) and even inspired a stage show titled Magic Mike Live that expanded from Las Vegas to London, Australia and Berlin.
‘MAGIC MIKE’S LAST DANCE’
Channing Tatum is stepping back into the spotlight as Mike Lane for Magic Mike’s Last Dance. Award-winning film director Steven Soderbergh will be seated in the director’s chair once again. The script was written by Reid Carlo.
Channing Tatum confirmed the news on Twitter by sharing an image of the script. “Well, word, looks like Mike Lane’s tapping back in,” he wrote.
Deadline reports that Magic Mike’s Last Dance will premiere on HBO Max which is not available in South Africa yet.
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‘FINDING MAGIC MIKE’
The Magic Mike franchise inspired a reality television competition titled Finding Magic Mike. According to Entertainment Weekly, the reality show will help 10 men across the United States who feel they’ve lost their “magic”.
They will go through a Magic Mike-style boot camp and the winner will be crowned ‘“the real Magic Mike.” The series is executive produced by Channing Tatum and Steven Soderbergh.
The series is set to premiere on HBO Max on 16 December.