Channing Tatum is finally putting pen to paper regarding one of the most important film sequels in film history, Magic Mike 2 — but really, if not for the campy male stripper costumes and questionable dance sequences alone. On Sunday, Channing Tatum confirmed that Magic Mike 2 was a go, since up until then, the sequel was rumored to just be in development. Tatum Instagrammed a photo of himself sitting at a desk chewing pensively on a pen and holding a legal pad. The caption says, "What better way to start writing #MagicMike2 than with my old friend Dallas? #runatribe."
And indeed, there is a large marble bust of Dallas on Tatum's desk. If you don't remember, Dallas is Matthew McConaughey's character in the movie, who creepily played the part of a Tampa strip club owner to perfection. At first glance, I thought it was a bust of one of our founding fathers, but what kind of inspiration would that be? And also, is this a clue that McConaughey will return for his role, or at least make a cameo? The Dallas Buyers Club Oscar-nominated actor is on a hot indie drama streak at the moment, so only time will tell if he decides to don his cowboy getup and Uncle Sam hat again.
Tatum is also wearing a jazzy fedora with a feather in it, possibly giving us indication that Magic Mike 2 will be more of an over-the-top cheesefest than the first film. After all, how can you write a movie about male strippers without wearing a feathery thinking cap?
Also, Tatum is totally serious about making this movie an incredible work of art — you can tell by how neatly his desk is arranged for the writing process. Pens are lined up, notepads are assembled, and a snack and a drink is at the ready — let the games begin.
Tatum will be seen next in 22 Jump Street, Jupiter Ascending, The Book of Life, and Foxcatcher.
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