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Alex Pettyfer is Channing Tatum in Steven Soderbergh's movie about Channing Tatum's stripper days

05.12.2011

Although I kinda wish Hollywood would stop trying to convince me Alex Pettyfer is an actor I should care about (he isn't, and I don't), when a filmmaker like Steven Soderbergh puts him in a movie, guess I gotta tough it out for now.

Pettyfer will star in Soderbergh's MAGIC MIKE as (bear with me) the young Channing Tatum, who will also star in the movie as the mentor to young Channing Tatum. Dizzying, yeah. Hair gel companies are almost certainly already jockeying for prime product placement.

The movie was inspired by Tatum's early days as an exotic dancer, which undoubtedly provided enough amusing stories to fill a feature-length movie, and according to Deadline "is the story of a friendship set in the world of male strippers. Tatum plays the title character, who schools a young dancer (Pettyfer) in how to hustle on and off the stage."

Soderbergh also has his George Clooney-starring spy flick THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. and his Liberace biopic to polish off before he supposedly eventually retires. His action flick HAYWIRE is due in August.

Pettyfer will next be seen with Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried in Andrew Niccol's sci-fi thriller IN TIME, which is the latest title after it went through I'M.MORTAL and NOW.

Extra Tidbit: Seriously though, is there something special about this guy I'm just not seeing?
Source: Deadline

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