A couple of weeks ago, we brought you the news that Steven Soderbergh will be directing Magic Mike, a male stripper film inspired by and starring Channing Tatum. Tonight, Deadline confirms that Alex Pettyfer will be playing the role of Channing Tatum alongside, you guessed it, Channing Tatum. Confused yet? Let’s have a quick review: Channing Tatum has a foray into male stripping around the tender age of 19 (pretty standard stuff, right?). He is now, for all intents and purposes, a movie star. Star presence in hand, Tatum pitches the idea for Magic Mike to director Steven Soderbergh who quickly accepts calling it “…one of the best ideas I’d ever heard for a movie.” Now, Tatum will play the lead role of “Mike” a dance/stripper teacher who shows Pettyfer’s character (Tatum’s 19 year-old-stripping self) the dance/stripping ropes.
Hopefully this helps clear up any confusion surrounding Pettyfer’s turn as Tatum in Magic Mike. Penned by Reid Carolin, the film is described as a “story of friendship set in the world of male strippers.” Apparently it takes place during a “wild summer” and lots of “dancing, partying, and women” are involved. Sounds great to me. By Soderbergh’s own previous admission, Saturday Night Fever will be a heavy influence for Magic Mike. Production details for the project are currently undisclosed.