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Monday 15 September 2014

Manganiello up for Magic Mike 2

True Blood's Joe Manganiello would be up for a role in a Magic Mike sequel

Joe Manganiello has revealed that he hasn't signed on for the Magic Mike sequel yet.

The True Blood star admitted he would be up for reprising his role as stripper Big Dick Richie in the follow-up alongside Channing Tatum, but he would need to be convinced of the script first.

"To get to go hang out with those guys again would be amazing. But, I've gotta see a script first and a director. There's a lot to be figured out between now and then, but it sounds like they're trying to figure it out," he told Collider.

The 36-year-old added: "I would love to work with those guys again. I've never laughed so hard, in my life, when I was working on that movie. It was about as much fun as I've ever had at work. Matt Bomer is like my brother. Channing, Kevin Nash and Adam [Rodriguez] - I love those guys."

Joe said he wasn't surprised with the film's huge success.

"Once we started filming, and all the guys got together and we started seeing each other's routines, we had a strong feeling that we were doing something pretty special. Magic was happening. We thought, 'Something is going to happen with this'," he revealed.

"When Warner Bros stepped up and bought it, and planned to release it as their 4th of July movie, we had a pretty good idea. That's when we started talking about doing a sequel. So, it doesn't surprise me, at all."

Channing, who was also one of the producers on Magic Mike, has confirmed that a sequel is going ahead but they are debating who will direct it, after Steven Soderbergh decided not to take the reins.

"Either [my producing partner] Reid Carolin and I will direct it together, or we'll have Greg Jacobs direct. He worked as a producer on the movie and has been Steven's right-hand man for almost 25 movies," he told The Hollywood Reporter.

"It is hard for me and Reid to direct after one of the greatest directors of our time. It would be like having sex with your girlfriend while her porn-star ex-boyfriend is in the room watching you."

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