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Alex Pettyfer To Play A Young Channing Tatum, Opposite Channing Tatum, In Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike'

by Oliver Lyttelton
May 12, 2011 12:03 PM
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Um, wow. The idea that Steven Soderbergh was sneaking one more film in before his long-promised retirement, other than the previously announced "Liberace" and "The Man From U.N.C.L.E," was a surprise. The idea that the bonus picture would be a drama about male strippers, starring part-man, part-tree trunk Channing Tatum, was an even bigger surprise. But further casting's been announced for the film, and it's a real eyebrow-raiser: the director has landed the young star of "I Am Number Four," Alex Pettyfer, to play opposite Tatum. Not only that, but it emerges that Pettyfer will essentially be playing a younger version of the real-life Channing Tatum.

Deadline report that the 21-year-old British actor has been cast in Sodebergh's "Magic Mike," playing a young dancer, a character based on Tatum's experiences as a 19-year-old, who is tutored by an older stripper, played by Tatum himself. Reid Carolin, the producer of Tatum's passion project "Ten Year," is writing the script and Soderbergh has drawn comparison to "Saturday Night Fever," calling his film "sexy, funny and shocking."

It's a pretty smart move for Pettyfer, all things considered. The actor briefly seemed to have used up his fifteen minutes of fame -- having been labeled one of Hollywood's hottest young prospects, things took a turn when both his vehicles this year, "I Am Number Four" and "Beastly," underperformed. Perhaps more importantly, evidence started to mount up of a bad attitude from Pettyfer: rumors circulated about bad attitude on set from the actor, he managed to negotiate his way out of lead roles in not one, but two potential young adult franchises, "The Seventh Son" and "Mortal Instruments," and he gave a deeply unpleasant interview in which he revealed he has the words "thank you" tattooed above his crotch, among other things.

So the idea of picking up credibility by working with a hall-of-famer like Soderbergh is a clever one, and together with his role in Andrew Niccol's latest sci-fi, which Deadline reveal has changed title from "Now" to "In Time," he could manage to pull things back from the brink. We'd be lying if we said that we didn't have some doubts, but both leads certainly look the part, and Soderbergh's consistently examined sexuality in interesting ways, so we're inclined to trust him for the moment: Tatum seemingly continues to impress top-notch auteurs from Kimberley Pierce to Michael Mann, and the director already worked with him on the imminent actioner "Haywire," so he's clearly got reason to believe in him. The low-budget film is currently being sold at Cannes, and a September/October shoot is planned.

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6 Comments

  • gonad | May 13, 2011 7:07 AMReply

    I LOL'D at Tatum in Public Enemies. His role amounted to running from Christian Bale like a pussy then getting killed. Michael Mann has a fun sense of humour.

  • Matt | May 13, 2011 6:56 AMReply

    I think it's kinda awesome. I can't wait to see it!

  • Marlene | May 13, 2011 4:47 AMReply

    Female stripper movie = "brave" and "Oscar material"

    Male Stripper movie = gross, no way.

    Men are so insecure they can't stand the idea of women looking at good-looking men with great bodies but it's o.k. for them to do same.

  • Jug | May 13, 2011 4:42 AMReply

    Why are we talking about this? Anyone who has seen this dude dance knows it's a comedy horror film? It's like Vanilla Ice raped Justin Timberlake and left the baby in Daytona Beach during Spring Break.

    SCRUB!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYoNK0oLUuI

  • actionman | May 13, 2011 3:18 AMReply

    I could think of about 43,402 movies I'd rather see SS direct than a FUCKING MALE STRIPPER FILM but hey, it's SS, so of course I'll see it.

  • chris | May 13, 2011 2:42 AMReply

    Will you please stop saying that Alex Pettyfer has a tattoo on his crotch that says "thank you?" It has been thoroughly debunked. Unless you are one of these people who believes the junk they read on the Ted Casablanca and Perez Hilton sites, in which case, God help you.

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