When it was announced earlier this year that director Steven Soderbergh would be directing a movie about a male-stripper based on the real-life experiences of Channing Tatum, I expected anything but the typical romantic comedy formula. However, based on the first trailer that premiered today on Apple Trailers, it appears that Magic Mike might be pretty conventional.
Described as a “dramatic comedy” by the official synopsis, the film stars Tatum as Mike, a male stripper trying to make something more of his life. While mentoring other up and coming strippers, he strives to achieve success as a furniture designer with unique coffee table creations. The film also stars Alex Pettyfer, Olivia Munn, Cody Horn, Joe Manganiello, and Matthew McConaughey.
The trailer is underscored with Rihanna’s “We Found Love” and the camera work looks pretty un-Soderbergh-ian. Tatum admitted in a 2010 interview with the Sydney Morning Herald that he would like to have the story of his life directed by Nicholas Winding Refn because of the insanity that director brought to the film Bronson. Soderbergh seems like an equally bold choice, but Warner Bros. seems more interested in selling this as a mainstream romantic comedy.
We will find out what the film actually is in a few short months. Check out the trailer and let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Magic Mike will be in theatres in the U.S. on June 29, 2012.