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'Magic Mike XXL' Is Now In Production, And Peter Andrews Is The Cinematographer

09/01/2014 03:46 pm ET | Updated Sep 01, 2014

Ladies of Tampa and everyone else who thought 2012's "Magic Mike" was one of the most entertaining dramas of the last half-decade, it's time for round two. Director Steven Soderbergh tweeted a photo from the set of "Magic Mike XXL," the forthcoming sequel to Channing Tatum's breakout film, signaling the start of production.

"It's ON!" wrote Soderbergh, who isn't the director for part two, but will participate in the film. As GQ revealed in a profile on Tatum earlier this year, Soderbergh is the "Magic Mike XXL" cinematographer, editor and camera operator. (You'll note that "Peter Andrews," Soderbergh's cinematography pseudonym, is listed on the film slate.)

"I want to be there, but I don't want to be the director," Soderbergh told GQ about "Magic Mike XXL." "I want to be a part of it. I want to be in the band, but I just don't want to be the frontman this time." As such, Gregory Jacobs, Soderbergh's long-time first assistant director, will take over "Magic Mike" duties for the sequel.

"Magic Mike XXL" is out in theaters on July 1, 2015. It looks like there might be a helicopter involved.

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