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‘Magic Mike XXL’ gets official release date

The “rockin’ kings of Tampa” will be back on the big screen next summer.

A sequel to “Magic Mike,” the 2012 Channing Tatum film about male strippers working out of a fictional club on Dale Mabry Highway, is scheduled for release July 3, 2015.

Tatum, a former Tampa resident whose real-life experience as a stripper the movie was partially based on, confirmed the “Magic Mike XXL” news in an interview with MTV.

“This one will be a road trip movie. Without giving a lot away, we don’t wanna make it a really serious, slice-of-life movie. We want to have reality in it, but we don’t want to make it some dark drama. There was some darkness in the last one that I think surprised people and shocked people.”

Whether that means Tampa will factor into the sequel’s plot remains unknown. “Magic Mike” ended with “Dallas” (Matthew McConaughey) planning to relocate the club and his stable of man-dancers south to Miami.

Tatum’s co-stars McConaughey, Joe Manganiello and the rest of the banana-hammocked crew are expected to return, though nothing has been confirmed yet.

“Magic Mike XXL” is set to open the same weekend as “Terminator: Genesis.”

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