Joe Manganiello has confirmed that the Magic Mike sequel will start shooting later this year.
The film's future has been uncertain, although its star Channing Tatum has indicated he wants to make a follow-up to the 2012 male stripper tale and Matthew McConaughey has suggested he would be interested in reprising the role of club owner Dallas.
Now Joe, who played Big Dick Richie, has told Collider that Magic Mike 2 is going ahead.
"Yeah, it's gonna happen this fall. I think they're going to announce it soon," he said.
"It's crazy. I didn't think that would be my first franchise. I never thought that would ever be the direction of my career. But that said, it's just proof that I don't know best, all the time. It was the most fun I've ever had, and I can't wait to get back in and mix it up with those guys."
Channing recently suggested he had started work on the sequel.
The actor, who had the title role in the movie, shared a picture online of himself chewing on a pen while he pored over what appeared to be a script, with a sculpture of his co-star Matt's head on the desk in front of him.
He wrote: "What better way to start writing #MagicMike2 than with my old friend Dallas?"
It isn't known who would direct the follow up after Steven Soderbergh - who was at the helm of the first film - revealed he would not be returning.