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Hollywood's newest bad boy, Alex Pettyfer, hasn't been shy about showing off his toned physique in such recent movies as Beastly and I Am Number Four. That's a good thing, since he's just signed on to star as a male stripper opposite Channing Tatum (also playing a stripper!) in director Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike.
Fascinatingly enough, the film is based on the real-life experiences of a young Tatum, who has admitted that -- before he hit it big with movies like Step Up and G.I. Joe -- he paid the rent by stripping when he was 18. When Ellen Degeneres asked about his clothes-shedding past in an interview last year, Tatum replied, "Look, I'm not proud of it, but I'm not ashamed of it."
According to Deadline, 21-year-old Pettyfer will play the young Tatum role; 31-year-old Tatum (who is also producing) will play the title character "Mike," who acts as a mentor to the younger stripper.
Though this sounds a bit like a male version of Burlesque, Soderbergh has said that he is using Saturday Night Fever, the 1977 hit starring John Travolta, as a model for exploring the world of male strippers. And the excited buzz has already started at the prospect of seeing these two handsome, hard-bodied actors... strip buck naked.
Now that Pettyfer is on board, filming is set to begin in August in L.A. Bring on the Magic!