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Cast This: Magic Mike 2

One year ago tomorrow Magic Mike opened to leggy box office becoming Channing Tatum's third $100+ million grosser of 2012, and the most definitive piece of his A List breakthrough.

He's still routinely asked about the proposed sequel Magic Mike 2 and he's still happy to answer questions about it. He's now claiming:

It will be a road trip movie, and it will essentially be the movie that everyone thought the first one was going to be—crazy and fun and less slice-of-life and less drama. The first one, we had to make not so cheesy and campy; this one we are going to swing for the fences"

I can't quite figure out how this works since (one year old spoiler alert!) Mike was tearing off his stripping lifestyle rather than his clothes at the end of the first film. Will Mike's journey of self-rediscovery magically involve realizing that 'gotting & flaunting it' weren't such bad life choices after all!?! Or will we get a new set of strippers? I'm hoping for the latter because -- and I mean this both artistically and literally and lustfully for the success of the franchise and my pants -- FRESH MEAT!

Let's pretend they don't get lazy and think part two of two but instead think long-term prospects with continually rotating cast and semi-annual strip-a-thons. If you were on scripting and casting couch duty, which characters would you keep and which actors would you be approaching for new roles?

Think realistically. Last time they used rising or underexploited TV and film actors with hot bodies, rather than fully fledged "stars" (apart from McConaughey who was still in Career Rehabilitation Mode and completely deserved the Oscar though he wasn't even nominated. CURSE THEM). So they aren't going to be all "Hey Brad & Clooney & Matt, join our little strip-a-thon! Ewan, learn to love getting naked again!" however badly you might like them to. Think unexpected but just right. Ready, Set, (Cue Music / Lights / Fog Machine)... Go!

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They have to bring back Dallas though. And only McConaughey can play him. I think he is my favorite character in all of soderbergh's filmography.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJosh

McConaughey stays, of course. Pettifer can repeat too and this year we also welcome Chris Evans, Bryan Greenberg, Michael B. Jordan, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Haaz Sleiman, and Adam Driver to keep it indie.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Peggy -- HAAZ. what a great idea. Hopefully Channing is listening.

June 28, 2013 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

obviously the werewolf from 'teen wolf' to replace the one from 'true blood'

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpar3182

I say they scrap them all and get a lineup of Russell Crowe, Ray Winstone, Bruce Willis, Kiefer Sutherland, John C. Reilly and Alec Baldwin. Like the bear version of The Full Monty.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

I have to think about this more, but the only person to come to mind immediately was Hrithik Roshan. PLEASE, DEAR GOD.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdenny

Well if you wanted to build it around Pettyfer returning (which would make sense) Dave Franco and Chace Crawford are the first additions that jump to mind, given the level of stars you are talking about. If you could get Matt McC back, why not have him challenged by another relatively older guy who could give him some competition. Maybe Stephen Dorff?

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterScottC

I think the self-seriousness of the original movie will make it a huge joke in the years to come. You won't mock the stripping scenes, because those are obviously worth taking seriously on their own, but the drama stuff is cheap, quick, and easy—the MAGIC MIKE movie we deserve.

I want Channing Tatum as the lone character from the original to return since he's the Sigourney Weaver of the franchise. The storyline involves the escort industry where Mike finds himself having to do of course because no one wants to buy his furniture, unless his furniture is his ass. I want his pimp played by a woman, Pfeiffer or Hershey, feel the most correct as first choices.

And there will be a gay-for-pay scene because homosexuality didn't exist in the universe of the original.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

The Rock immediately came to my mind. I also picture Mehcad Brooks as a somewhat obvious choice.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTroy H.


Your ideas are fantastic!! How awesome would Barbra Hershey be in that part?
After chilling us to the bone in Black Swan you just know she's dying for another meaty role.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Jensen Ackles. All those Supernatural fangirls (myself included) would lose their MINDS. He's beautiful and has a great, fun personality that would work well with this type of film.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJasmine

Thank you David.

Hershey is apart of a long list of undervalued American actresses who are at their most interesting now.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

I'd include Mike Vogel to the mix. And Matthias Schonaerts as the foreign new stripper.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSad man

Charlie Hunnam, Sebastian Stan, Max Thieriot, Christopher Abbott. Michael B. Jordan is a great call too.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoark

Demi Moore as someone's faded sex pot mom.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJesper L

Roark -- ooh, i could totally see Sebastian Stan in this sort of thing and he's definitely willing to be exploited. And Max Thieriot is a good one too... someone like that would get such a huge career boost from something like this.

Sad man -- Mike Vogel. so so so handsome. And MATTHIAS.... oh i ♥ keep these ideas coming people.

david & 3rtful -- oh how i wish TFE readers were more abundant (without diluting the good taste level) because Barbara Hershey could use more fandom.

June 28, 2013 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

How about a one man show with Joel Edgerton?

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

I want something like a crossover: Magic Mike vs Showgirls. I'd to see all these people in the same universe.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

Okay, I've thought about it some more:

Michael Vartan
Andrew Rannells (an expansion of his character in Bachelorette, possibly?)
Logan Marshall-Green and Tom Hardy as brothers
Mark Wahlberg
Jeremy Renner
Ryan Reynolds

Or just make it about the four Chris-es: Evans, Hemsworth, Pine, and Pratt.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdenny

denny-- Logan Marshall Green! Perhaps his lady friend can give him tips on how to play an awesome movie stripper!

June 28, 2013 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Stephen Dorff as McConaughey's new competition sounds so right. Like that Burlesque sequel with Madonna and Lady Gaga facing Cher and Christina that never was.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLucky

If Magic Mike 2: The Revenge was a B-movie, you could use the cast of Teen Wolf. Cept for the star who Nathan says can't act LOL.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

A lot of great ideas already and I second the Mechad Brooks and Mike Vogel suggestions!

One name that hasn't been mentioned is Ryan Kwanten. Even though he's always naked on True Blood, I don't think anyone would complain about him playing a stripper - and keeping the Aussie accent is a MUST.

I'd also throw Daniel Sunjata, Ryan Phillippe (well known but not the megastar we thought he'd be), Cam Gigandet and Terry (he'd be hilarious) into the mix.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterthefilmjunkie

thefilmjunkie -- Terry who?

June 28, 2013 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Well the Chan Man will have to come back, he's the anchor but otherwise they should go all new.

Definitely ditch Prettyfer, who is marginally talented and not nearly as hot as he thinks he is, plus from what I've read he and Tatum did not hit it off the first time around.

As much as I'd enjoy the Chrises Evans or Pine they're tentpole fixtures & their price would make them prohibitive.

Perhaps Channing could be the McConaughey of this one and if its going to be a road movie he could be out scouting for new talent. In that case any combination of the following would be just fine:

Mature men (okay Daddies)
Christopher Meloni
Richard Armitage
Patrick Wilson

Up & comers:
Billy Magnussen
Nicolas D'agosto
Jai Courtney

A few from TV:
Alex O'loughlin
Tyler Hoechlin
Jamie Bamber
Enver Gjokaj

Some international flavor:
Alexis Georgoulis
John Abraham
Rafael Cardoso

Men of color:
Jesse Williams
Larenz Tate

And lastly someone I find so damn adorable:
Justin Bartha

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjoel6

ZAC EFRON!!!!!!!!!

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFernando Moss

Fernando - Zac Efron *only if* he strips to one of the High School Musical songs. Brings a whole new meaning to "Breaking Free!"

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Marie

@Nat: CREWS! Terry Crews! Ugh, I don't know how that got deleted. Sorry for the confusion.

June 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterthefilmjunkie

In addition to Ryan Kwanten and Ryan Phillipe, I have to add Ryan McPartlin. Hot and very funny. Could be a break out role for him.

Also, having a cast of Ryans is probably the only way Reynolds will do this.

June 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkin

Moving away from the Ryans, David Henrie would be an interesting choice. Kind of like what his Wizards costar is doing in Spring Breakers, and we know he doesn't mind letting us know he has abs.

June 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkin

3rtful: I LOVE your idea! I hope Tatum keeps develope the character and make it more interesting.

Pimp mama suggestions: Pfeiffer, Hershey, Gina Torres, Angelica Houston, Gong Li, Weaver, Gina Gershon, Sharon Stone,

Hot superrich-powerful-silverfox-in-the-closet-gay-client: Josh Holloway, Bill Campbell, Viggo Mortensen, Nestor Carbonell, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Djimon Hounsou, Idris Elba

New boy toys: Kellan Lutz, Luke Evans, Rodrigo Santoro,

June 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterManuel

Thank you Manuel.

June 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

Kyle Borheimer- all he has to do is loose to some weight

June 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

James Badge Dale
Ryan Hurst
Jesse Metcalfe
Boris Kodjoe
Hunter Parrish
Timothy Olyphant

July 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

i would love to see alex russell or julian morri both are so smoking hot

December 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdave

julian morris

December 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdave

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