Magic Mike took the world by storm upon its 2012 release, grossing over $167 million on a $7 million budget, spawning a 2015 sequel, and inspiring several live shows, including an official stage musical. Based on a screenplay by Reid Carolin that was partially inspired by actor Channing Tatum’s past as an 18-year-old stripper in Tampa, Florida, the dramedy follows 19-year-old Adam (Alex Pettyfer) as he begins performing in a male strip club under the guidance of industry veteran Mike Lane (Tatum). Magic Mike’s immense success led to 2015’s Magic Mike XXL, which centers on a retired Lane as he’s convinced to rejoin the stripping world. Over six years later, the shirtless Kings of Tampa are coming back for another sequel, Magic Mike’s Last Dance, as announced on Nov. 29 2021 by Tatum on social media. After almost a year of anticipation, a trailer, release date, and information about the cast were finally revealed.
Here’s everything we know about the third Magic Mike film, including its plot, cast, trailer, release date, and how to watch/stream.
Magic Mike’s Last Dance Plot
Mike came out of his three-year retirement and reunited with the Kings of Tampa for a stripper convention in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Magic Mike XXL, which ended in a successful performance on the 4th of July. While it’s currently too early to tell where the plot will go in the forthcoming third film, Tatum tweeted a photo of the script’s title page, which revealed Carolin and Steven Soderbergh will return to write and direct, respectively. “Well world, looks like Mike Lane’s tapping back in,” the actor captioned the image.
Magic Mike’s Last Dance marks the first of the franchise’s films to be directed by Soderbergh since the original in 2012, as he only served as cinematographer and editor on Magic Mike XXL. Gregory Jacobs, who directed the 2015 sequel, is set to act as a producer on the forthcoming sequel alongside Carolin, Nick Wechsler, and Peter Kiernan, as revealed to People by Tatum.
“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,” read a statement issued by the actor to the magazine. “The stripperverse will never be the same.”
Toby Emmerich, Chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, also delivered a statement about the film’s announcement. “Is there anybody on screen more charismatic and appealing than Magic Mike?” he said, per Deadline. “We’re thrilled to be back in business with Channing, Steven and their creative team to bring back Magic Mike’s wonderful combination of dance, drama, romance and humor.”
Furthermore, Soderbergh spoke about the forthcoming film in a statement obtained by Deadline: “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.”
After many months of speculation, the logline for the film released with the official trailer on Nov. 15 reads:
“Magic” Mike Lane (Tatum) takes to the stage again after a lengthy hiatus, following a business deal that went bust, leaving him broke and taking bartender gigs in Florida. For what he hopes will be one last hurrah, Mike heads to London with a wealthy socialite (Salma Hayek) who lures him with an offer he can’t refuse…and an agenda all her own. With everything on the line, once Mike discovers what she truly has in mind, will he—and the roster of hot new dancers he’ll have to whip into shape—be able to pull it off?
Magic Mike’s Last Dance Cast
While Tatum is confirmed to return for Magic Mike’s Last Dance, it’s currently unclear if any other actors are set to reprise their roles. Salma Hayek appears in the trailer as a wealthy socialite (and as Tatum’s love interest). Ayub Khan Din, Caitlin Gerard, Gavin Spokes, Christie-Leigh Emby, Jemelia George, Juliette Motamed, and Vicki Pepperdine also appear in the third installment.
The original Magic Mike starred Tatum, Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey as club owner Dallas, Olivia Munn as Joanna, Mike’s on-again, off-again girlfriend, and Cody Horn as Brooke, Adam’s sister and another love interest of Mike’s. Fellow strippers also included Matt Bomer as Ken and Joe Manganiello as Big D*ck Richie. Pettyfer, McConaughey, Munn, and Horn did not return for Magic Mike XXL, but several high-profile actors, including Andie MacDowell, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover, and Michael Strahan, appeared as new characters in the sequel.
Magic Mike’s Last Dance Trailer & Release Date
The trailer for the third Magic Mike installment dropped on Nov. 15, which features Tatum and Hayek sizzling like never before. They travel to London, where Hayek’s character appears to fund a new show for him. It’s filled with dancing, emotion, and some strippers (naturally). Fans are already excited about the movie, commenting on YouTube that it’s “The best & most realistic franchise since The Godfather films” along with comparing it to the Step Up franchise (which also features Tatum and his dance moves).
Tatum shared the trailer on Twitter, writing: “YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST. THIS IS MY LAST DANCE.” He also added that Magic Mike’s Last Dance is expected to hit theaters on Feb. 10, 2023.
How To Watch & Stream Magic Mike’s Last Dance
Whether or not this Magic Mike film will be released on HBO Max has yet to be confirmed. Tatum previously revealed Magic Mike’s Last Dance would be released directly to HBO Max — unlike the previous two films, which debuted in theaters.
The film’s HBO Max release could potentially be the franchise’s second project with the streaming service, as the reality series Finding Magic Mike which premiered on Dec. 16 2021 on the platform. Mirroring the original movie’s plot, the series follows 10 down-and-out men who decide to start stripping in hopes of winning a cash prize and a performance slot in the Magic Mike Live show in Las Vegas.
This post will be updated with more information about the cast, plot, trailer, and release date of Magic Mike’s Last Dance.
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