"Magic Mike XXL" Begins Production!

Posted Tuesday September 2, 2014 6:03 PM GMT

Ladies brace yourselves because the magical moment is almost here. The hunky cast of “Magic Mike” started filming the highly anticipated sequel.

Over the weekend, Channing Tatum and his talented crew got to work on “Magic Mike XXL” along with director of the first film, Steven Soderbergh. This time around, Steven acts as director of photography, camera operator and film editor. Gregory Jacobs is the new director.

Sharing a picture of the film’s clapperboard, the “Side Effects” director wrote, "It's ON!"

According to reports, the sequel is set to hit theaters next July and will follow the boys on a road trip across the country to a stripper convention.

During his appearance on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show,” co-star Matt Bomer said that it’s a “real-live thing.”

“Only the best of the best make it. It's a strip-off to the death," Bomer said. "It is a stripper convention – I can imagine if you lock those doors, things can get a little rowdy."