Matthew McConaughey, seen here in the only fully clothed photo we could find, has joined director Steven Soderbergh’s male-stripper film Magic Mike, the actor’s rep confirmed to EW. (Variety first reported the news.) The drama stars Channing Tatum as the title character, a veteran stripper who mentors a younger dancer (I Am Number Four’s Alex Pettyfer) in the art of hustling. McConaughey will play a former stripper who now owns the club, called Xquisite, where Tatum’s character works.
The movie has been a passion project for Tatum, who actually performed as an exotic dancer named “Chan Crawford” when he was 18 years old. “This was a wild and pivotal time in my life,” said Tatum in a previous statement, “and I couldn’t be more thrilled to go down the rabbit hole with Steven.” Magic Mike will start shooting on Sept. 14 with plans for a 2012 release.