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'Magic Mike' sequel to film in Myrtle Beach

By Maya T. Prabhu
mprabhu@thesunnews.com
Steven Soderbergh
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Steven Soderbergh directed the first film and will be director of photography for the sequel.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Cue the squealing women: actors from “Magic Mike” are coming to Myrtle Beach.

A crew was in town Sunday to kick off filming for “Magic Mike XXL” – which is about life as a male stripper – with shots of the Myrtle Beach area.

The movie’s star, Channing Tatum, was not in Myrtle Beach over the weekend, though assistant location manager Jody Schiesser with Red Zone Pictures Inc. said there will be actors in town for a couple of days before the movie is finished filming in about six weeks.

Movie-goers could see attractions such as Plyler Park and the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel when “Magic Mike XXL” hits theaters in July.

Schiesser said crews also filmed some at 2nd Avenue Pier and Pier 14.

“We wanted to shoot some b-roll when all of the people were on the beach,” he said of the crew’s choice to film during Labor Day weekend.

Steven Soderbergh, who directed the first film and will be director of photography for the sequel, shared a picture on Twitter from Myrtle Beach Aviation, located on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, of a the “Magic Mike XXL” movie slate with the caption “It’s ON!” on Sunday.

“Magic Mike XXL” will be about a road trip where the strippers travel from Tampa to Myrtle Beach for a convention. Tatum wrote and stars in both “Magic Mike” films, which he has said is loosely based on his time as a stripper when he was in his late teens.

Myrtle Beach Convention Center general manager Paul Edwards said he is not aware that any filming will occur at the convention center.

But those excited about the idea of thousands of male strippers filling the convention center may be disappointed. The convention center has not hosted any male – or female – stripper conventions, nor are there any in the works.

“We will host anything that’s allowed by law,” Edwards said. “In the past we have had groups that, as part of their entertainment, they had male and female strippers. But we have to abide by the same laws that the adult establishments have to abide by.”

A six-person crew shot aerial footage of Myrtle Beach on Sunday, as well as shots around town.

Crews filmed beach-goers as well as shots of 2nd Avenue Pier, Pier 14, Plyler Park, the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel and the Sling Shot, according to a “notice of film production” permit filed by Savannah-based Red Zone Pictures Inc. with the city of Myrtle Beach.

Most of “Magic Mike” will be shot on a private property in Savannah, where the film held an open casting call Sunday.

Schiesser said the production company is still determining a filming location when crews return to Myrtle Beach and could not say when they would be in town.

Those interested in being an extra in the film can email their photos to magicmikeextras@gmail.com or go to www.facebook.com/magicmikeextras for more information.

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