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Tragic news from the land of fictional Stripperville: Matthew McConaughey will not be returning for the Magic Mike sequel. Magic Mike XXL director Gregory Jacobs told IndieWire the Oscar winner won’t be reprising his role as Dallas in the new film, which has already begun production. It will be released on July 1 of next year.
To cope with our case of the sads, we’ve picked the top five actors we would love to see stripping and dancing alongside Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello. Enjoy.
Chris Messina: Did you see Danny Castellano stripping for Mindy on the season premiere of The Mindy Project this week? Messina is already an expert, no practice necessary.
Zac Efron: Tatum has talked about how sexy Efron is and Efron has expressed his appreciation for the movie, so it would be a wonderful match. Plus, it’s Zac Efron.
Ryan Gosling: There is no need to explain this choice, obviously.
Taylor Kitsch: Who wouldn’t want to see Tim Riggins taking off his clothes? No, seriously, who?
Wilson Bethel: The dark horse of the group, this Hart of Dixie actor is not as well known as our other four contenders, but he’s proven his sexiness in The CW show time and time again.
Just in case McConaughey was worried about being replaced too quickly, here’s a farewell look at his character Dallas in all of his glory.
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