McConaughey not returning for ‘Magic Mike’ sequel

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Ladies of Tampa, I regret to inform you that despite rumors that the entire Magic Mike cast would be back in scantily-clad action for the upcoming sequel, Matthew McConaughey will not be joining the fun.

In an exclusive interview with The Playlist, director Greg Jacobs confirmed that McConaughey would not reprise his role as Dallas the strip-club owner in Magic Mike XXL. Despite the loss of McConaughey, the majority of the male stripper crew — including Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, and Joe Mangianello — will indeed be back, with Alex Pettyfer still rumored for a role, as is his on-screen sister, Cody Horn.

Production on Magic Mike XXL starts in earnest at the end of the month, and while the original film’s director Steven Soderbergh won’t be behind the camera as director, he’ll still be lensing the sequel, marking what may well be his first cinematography gig under his real name, now that he’s no longer in the director’s chair (Soderbergh has shot numerous films of his own under the pseudonym “Peter Andrews”). Magic Mike screenwriter Reid Carolin came back to script the sequel as well.

While it’s unclear exactly why McConaughey won’t be reprising his role and letting the ladies of Tampa (and of elsewhere across the globe) swoon over his half-naked body, it could be assumed that the first-time Oscar-winner now has his pick of the litter when it comes to the films he attaches himself to. He plays the lead role in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, which hits theaters in November, and is currently filming Gus Van Sant’s Sea of Trees, of which we just caught a first glimpse the other day.

Sea of Trees is scheduled to drop sometime next year, but beyond that, it’s unclear exactly what McConaughey will be working on after that. Maybe he’ll take a break, or maybe he’ll dive headfirst into something to just as interesting as the projects he’s been doing for the past couple years. But one thing is for sure: no matter how much you love McConaughey’s Dallas, he’ll always love you more.

Even if he isn’t in the sequel.

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