McConaughey, Tatum and Pettyfer Start Stripping in First ‘Magic Mike’ Image

After far too many years of “when are they going to make a Striptease for the ladies, Channing Tatum and director Steven Soderbergh have finally heeded the call. Their new collaboration, Magic Mike, chronicles the life of a male stripper—and is supposedly based on Tatum’s own experiences in the industry. Meaning, when you see this first image of the movie, a snapshot of Tatum and Alex Pettyfer scantily dressed in military garb with Matthew McCaonaughey donning a red, white and blue top hat…you can be assured that this probably happened to Channing Tatum.

While the idea of the brawns over brains Tatum starring alongside every muscle-laden male lead working in Hollywood sounds a bit ridiculous (and obvious?), with Soderbergh at the wheel, this could easily transform into a Boogie Nights-esque dramedy. The man is not easily defined—he’s done the Ocean’s movies, sex, lies and videotapes, last year’s Contagion and the no-budget The Girlfriend Experience with porn star Sasha Grey. Expect the unexpected with Magic Mike.

The movie sports a solid supporting cast, including the aforementioned studs, as well as Cody Horn, Riley Keough, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Gabriel Iglesias, Olivia Munn and Wendi McLendon-Covey. Lots of funny people—another indication that Magic Mike‘s tone may be more than a little tongue in cheek. Tongue a lot of places, frankly.

Magic Mike hits theaters June 29, 2012.



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After a few years of working behind the scenes on movies and TV shows (and earning an IMDb page for bragging rights), Movies Editor Matt Patches made a hard right into the world of entertainment journalism. In 2009, Patches became the Associate Movies Editor of, departing in 2010 to go rogue as a writer-for-hire. Patches covered movies and festivals for a number of outlets, including Movieline, MTV NextMovie, CinemaBlend, and Film School Rejects, before joining as Movies Editor in 2011. He proudly names "Groundhog Day" as his favorite movie of all time.