by: Clark Allen
Donald Glover and Elizabeth Banks are the newest additions to the growing comedy sequel MAGIC MIKE XXL. Their roles in the sequel to the 2012 hit are currently unknown. They are joined by returning stars Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Gabriel Iglesias. Fellow newcomers to the series, following the antics of male strippers, include Michael Strahan, Amber Heard, Jada Pinkett Smith and Andie MacDowell. The film is written by star Tatum and scribe Reid Carolin. The film is helmed by “Magic Mike” producer Gregory Jacobs. The comedy sequel takes place three years after the events of the first film, where former stripper Mike (Tatum) has retired from the business, yet finds himself pulled back for one final bow when the gang journeys cross-country to a male stripper convention.
Glover, after gaining recognition for his writing work on “30 Rock,” was thrust into public attention with his role on the comedy cult favorite NBC series “Community.” Glover has also made recent appearances on the HBO series “Girls” and lent his voice to “Ultimate Spider-Man.” Glover was recently seen in such films as “The Muppets,” “The To Do List” opposite Aubrey Plaza and the upcoming “Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day” starring alongside Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner. Up next, Glover can be seen in the thriller “Lazarus” apace with Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass and Evan Peters. Glover, also a musician under the pseudonym “Childish Gambino,” recently released his second studio album “Because The Internet.”
Banks has had herself an incredibly busy slate with roles in “Pitch Perfect,” “Walk of Shame,” “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” and “The Lego Movie.” Banks also recently starred in the crime drama “Every Secret Thing” and the drama “Love & Mercy.” “The Hunger Games” series actress has an impressive line-up of upcoming films including “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” and “Pitch Perfect 2.” The recurring “Modern Family” guest star has also taken a striking turn with upcoming production work, producing such films as “Tink,” “Too Far From Home,” “Heist Society,” “Forever 21” and “White Girl Problems.”