Magic Mike XXL: Same Cast Except McConaughey

The cast of the upcoming sequel, “Magic Mike XXL,” will not include Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey.

Director Greg Jacobs, who’s taking over the franchise for Steven Soderbergh, said that the Oscar winner won’t hit the road with returnees Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello and Alex Pettyfer in the film’s latest installment.

“It’s a road trip movie and put it this way, it’s different enough that once you see it you’ll understand why we made a sequel,” he told IndieWire. “No one will be accusing us of making the same movie twice.”

New cast members include Amber Heard and Andie MacDowell. Even though Soderbergh won’t be back in the director’s chair, he will be the director of cinematography and an editor.  Jacobs has been Soderbergh’s First AD and producer for over a decade.

“Magic Mike XXL” opens in theaters on July 1, 2015.