Channing Tatum In ‘Magic Mike’ And More Casting News

May 3, 2011
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Ocean’s 11 director Steven Soderbergh is putting off his retirement from the movies so that he can direct one last picture – Channing Tatum’s life as a stripper! Called ‘Magic Mike’, get the details here!

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Steven Soderbergh did have plans to finish out his days as a film director with two last movies, Liberace and The Man From U.N.C.L.E, but now he will put off his days of golf and relaxation to bring fans a look into the life of Dear John star Channing Tatum’s days and nights as a male stripper.

After working together on the forthcoming movie Haywire, Tatum and Soderbergh decided to collaborate on the loose biography that will be based on Saturday Night Fever. The flick will chronicle a stripper as he guides a rookie dancer.

“This was a wild and pivotal time in my life and I couldn’t be more thrilled to go down the rabbit hole with Steven,” Tatum stated.

No word yet on when exactly Magic Mike will hit theaters. We’ll keep you posted! In the meantime tell us what you think of Tatum’s life being made into a movie?

Laura Vandervoort of ‘V’ fame and Smallville’s Supergirl has just joined the cast of Seth MacFarlane‘s Ted. Have you heard about Ted? He’s a guy (played by Mark Wahlberg) who still has a deep connection with his roommate – a teddy bear. Doting over the talking stuffed animal since childhood, Vandervoort will play the role of his co-worker at the rental car place where he works. A little like FX’s Wilfred right? First dismissing this strange plot as a box office blunder, there could be something to this! Not only is The Fighter star signed up, but Mila Kunis, Adam Scott and Giovanni Ribisi.

Meanwhile, The Social Network’s Dakota Johnson will be appearing in Jonah Hill’s ’21 Jump Street’ reboot alongside Channing Tatum. The actress is also scheduled to appear in both Five Year Engagement and Goats with Californication’s David Duchovny.

In other casting news – Vanessa Hudgens is reportedly set to ink a deal to appear in the indie flick Gimme Shelter with Brendan Fraser, who will play her estranged father. Hudgens’ character is homeless and pregnant after leaving her abusive mother behind. Frasier’s character takes her in before throwing her back out again after she refuses to give up her baby. Sounds depressing! Filming kicks off at the end of May.

And in a turn of events, Rachel Weisz is said to be in talks to possibly take on the role of the evil witch in Oz, The Great and Powerful. Previously rumors where flying that Hilary Swank or Michelle Williams was up for the role. It looks like movie heads are now considering Weisz instead.

What do you think of this latest casting news? Let us know below and check out a video of Channing Tatum talking about his previous stint as a dancer below!

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