If there is something that keeps Steven Soderbergh awake at night, it might just be the notion of being pigeon-holed. With a resume that is as peculiar as it is diverse, the director is looking to open two thoroughly different movies in 2012. First is the hard-hitting action thriller Haywire in January, starring Gina Carano and a host of Hollywood hunks, including most notably Channing Tatum. The second movie is the dramatic comedy Magic Mike (June 29), a film supposedly based on Tatum’s real life experience as a young male stripper.
We now have our first official look at the film as Warner Bros. has released an image as well as the official synopsis for Magic Mike. The story, written by Reid Carolin, is “set in the world of male strippers, “Magic Mike” is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Channing Tatum (“Dear John,” “Step Up”) in a story inspired by his real life. The film follows Mike (Tatum) as he takes a young dancer called The Kid (Pettyfer) under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money.”
Interestingly, Warner Bros. picked up the distribution rights to the movie in October and plans to release the film on June 29, 2012 when G.I. Joe: Retaliation also opens. It looks as though Channing Tatum will be invading the movie theaters over the fourth of July.
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