Steven Soderbergh's strip pic, Magic Mike, just added one more male hunk to its cast. Matthew McConaughey, most recently seen on screen in The Lincoln Lawyer, has joined the cast and will be playing a former exotic dancer who's now the owner of a strip club where the lead characters work, according to Variety.
Magic Mike is set to star Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer, and was inspired by Tatum's real-life experiences working as a stripper (back before he danced his way into the hearts of women in Step Up). Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) will play a young dancer Tatum ('Magic Mike') takes under his wing.
It was while Soderbergh and Tatum were working on Haywire that the idea of doing a film based on Tatum's stripper experiences was first discussed. "When Channing talked to me about this, I thought it was one of the best ideas I'd ever heard for a movie," said Soderbergh. "I said I wanted in immediately. It's sexy, funny and shocking. We're using Saturday Night Fever as our model, so hopefully we're on the right track."
Tatum's producing partner Reid Carolin wrote the script.
McConaughey's coming off some of the best reviews of his career with The Lincoln Lawyer. He's currently working on the thriller The Paperboy for director Lee Daniels (Precious) and will next be seen starring in Killer Joe co-starring Emile Hirsch and Gina Gershon.
Also of Interest:
- Steven Soderbergh's not retiring anytime soon
- Alex Pettyfer prepares to show off his body
- Demi Moore could add another stripper film to her resume
(Photo of Matthew McConaughey by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)