It would seem that Steven Soderbergh is on the hunt for good looking men. In addition to having Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer already signed on to his male-stripper movie, Magic Mike, it was reported yesterday that Matthew McConaughey has also enlisted in the film. If you think that the insanely productive director is going to stop there, however, you're dead wrong.
Deadline reports that White Collar star Matt Bomer has joined the ranks of Soderbergh's Magic Mike. Unlike McConaughey, who will play the owner of the strip club, Bomer will be one of the actors swinging on the poles and entertaining bachelorette parties. Described as a "Saturday Night Fever-style coming of age story," the story sees Alex Pettyfer as a young dancer taken under the wing of a veteran (Tatum), the titular Magic Mike. Working at a club together, Tatum becomes Pettyfer's mentor, teaching him the ropes both on and off stage. The film is loosely based on Tatum's own experiences as a male stripper prior to becoming an actor.
The big question I have at this point is about the film's tone. I might be alone here, but I'd have a pretty hard time taking a movie about male strippers (or any strippers, really) seriously. Soderbergh's record is no help in figuring it out, as he has spent his entire career going from back and forth to opposite sides of the spectrum. His two most recent films, Contagion and Haywire, are both dramas, so will he be going for a chance of pace or is he targeting consistency? Only time will tell.
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