Original story (May 21, 2014): Who says white dudes get to have all the male-stripping fun?
Deadline reports that Michael Jai White (Arrow) and Tyson Beckford (Make Me a Supermodel) are circling the clothing-optional film Chocolate City, which writer-director Jean-Claude La Marre describes as Magic Mike "for the African-American female audience."
Uh, Jean-Claude, simply speaking for present company, that audience won't be entirely female. But moving on…
Assuming they take the roles, Tyson will play a stripper, Adrian, with Michael playing the strip club's owner. That owner convinces a down-on-his-luck college student, Devin, to earn a buck taking the stage and baring his bod. Devin becomes the hot new attraction at the club, making Adrian feel like yesterday's news.
"I researched the male exotic club scene, and it's massive across the country, with clubs specifically targeting middle-aged African-American women," Jean-Claude tells Deadline.
We're seeing an influx of scantily-clad menfolk at the multiplexes these days. After the success of Magic Mike, Channing Tatum & Co. immediately got started on the sequel, 2015's Magic Mike XXL. And Channing's co-star Joe Manganiello is making his directorial debut with the documentary La Bare, about the guys who perform at the titular Dallas strip club.
We can't wait to get our male-objectifying on!
Update (May 30, 2014): Now, nine days later, Deadline reports that Michael and Tyson are confirmed for their parts and that producers have found their Devin in Romeo Miller, the actor and rapper formerly known as Lil' Romeo!