Matthew McConaughey Joins Steven Soderbergh’s Stripper Film MAGIC MIKE

     August 16, 2011

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Always on the lookout for opportunities to bare his man-chest, the perpetually shirtless Matthew McConaughey has decided to lend his torso to Steven Soderbergh’s male-stripper movie Magic Mike. Showblitz reports that McConaughey is poised to join Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer in the semi-biographical tale about Tatum’s days as a professional clothes taker-offer in Tampa.

McConaughey will play a former exotic dancer who now owns the club “Xquisite” where Tatum’s title character works. Tatum takes Pettyfer’s character under his wing and mentors him in the fine art of naked dancing. While the premise is a bit strange, Soberbergh always keeps things interesting so I’m intrigued to see what it was about this project that peaked his interest. The director has become extremely prolific as of late, with Contagion opening this October, Haywire hitting theaters in January, and plans to shoot The Man from U.N.C.L.E and Liberace after he wraps Magic Mike. Following this string of extremely varied films, the director may or may not be retiring.

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