Joe Manganiello near deal to join stripper movie -- EXCLUSIVE


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Steven Soderbergh’s movie about male strippers is just sick with hotties now. EW has learned exclusively that True Blood’s Joe Manganiello is in final talks to join the flick that already stars Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey and Matt Bomer.

Manganiello will play Big Dick Richie (no, we didn’t make that up), a role that is sure to require the ripped actor to drop trou at one point or another. 

The flick will feature Tatum as the title character, a veteran stripper who mentors a younger dancer (I Am Number Four‘s Pettyfer) in the art of hustling. McConaughey will portray a former stripper who now owns the club, called Xquisite, where Tatum’s character works.

The movie will mark a reunion, of sorts, for Manganiello and Bomer — two former school chums who just worked together on an episode of White Collar. The True Blood werewolf shed the extra hair to play a villain on the USA drama. His episode will air when the series returns in January.

Meanwhile, Manganiello is expected to remain gainfully employed over at HBO, which just ordered a fifth season of True Blood. The current season ends on Sept. 11.

Magic Mike will start shooting on Sept. 14 for a 2012 release.

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  • Richard Simmons


  • Marc

    This is just big budget gay porn now and I’m beyond excited.

    • Yesenia


    • John

      I guarantee you that in spite of being set in the world of male strippers will not feature any kind of gay/bisexual/pansexual character, much less actual boy-on-boy scenes. Hollywood simply won’t go there. Which is sad, because you would think that Soderberg, who has been known to take some risks in the past, would try to stretch a little, after the big budget run he had with the Oceans films. This will be faux-edgy, a supposedly risque film tempered and sugarcoated by big-budget Hollywood pablum. I bet all the guys will be sexuallu voracious womanizers and one of them will probably get a girlfriend who wants him to leave that world.

      • Mike

        Well that’s because there ARE no gay male strippers. Didn’t you know? They’re all completely, totally, 100%, Marcus Bachmann straight.

      • SHELLY

        Ummm I gotta know…what is pansexual?

      • @Shelley

        Someone who is only attracted to young-boyish looking women who play Peter Pan in the musical of the same name

      • Sprague

        Having sex with Capn’ Hook whilst flying to Neverland, also known as joining the Tinkerbell Club or a Glitter High.

      • CAPTAIN

        Aw John, you just shattered my fantasy of at least one of the guys being a gay hustler on the DL who falls for a young rich gay guy who can give him the world if he would just commit… but the stripper/hustler is conflicted… What a story that would have been if Hollywood was not so chickens**@!!

      • Zakry

        Its called Google, Shelley

      • Yubraj

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    • Michael

      I agree. Hollywood hasn’t produced such a prolific male exploitation film since “Spartacus.”

      • Roland

        Didn’t “300” qualify, Michael?

      • Kyle

        Michael, you clearly haven’t seen any of David DeCoteau’s work.
        “Leeches” is a must see.

      • Joshua

        that we couldnt take a pturcie or film it. its copy right. So u have to wwait until they do a video of it and sell it they selves. And i think that will take a while because its so popular and people want to see it. they might do it when they near their last showing.

  • Johanna (Swedish Amazon)

    A comedy about male strippers starring Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello? Woooo!!! I’ll be going on opening night with all my girls! :)
    Treated myself to a Thai massage today that felt sooo good and afterwards, people kept stopping me on the street to say, ‘Oh my God, you’re glowing.’

  • Eshia

    …and how do I sign up to be an extra on this wonderful project?

    • Truth

      How do I sign up to be a fluffer on this wonderful project?

      • Kyle

        I usually don’t write LOL, but seriously, THAT was funny!

  • GV

    I am so there for this movie finally a chick flick with some meat in it! These guys are great actors that happen to look hot, so they really have to work to make this movie suck.. . it has to be great!

    • Lin

      AMEN!!!! I don’t usually see these types of cheesy movies but there are way too many hotties to pass this up!

      • Lorie



      Hey sweetie, don’t forget us gay guys. Please let me see some good views of frontal nudity…

  • Mike

    This could be the only movie in history where cold showers will need to be set up as you exit the theater-lol

    • Robin

      How true!

  • Qing

    ABSOLUTELY MUST SEE!!! I don’t care about the storyline; it doesn’t even need one! With Joe, Matt, Channing shirtless in one movie, that’s ENOUGH to lure me into the theater!

  • Megan

    Finally! The male SHOWGIRLS!

    • Roland

      I can’t wait for this to be on DVD. I’ll put it next to my DVD’s of “Showgirls”, “Glitter”, and “Burlesque” and watch my entire DVD collection spontaneously combust.

  • commentor

    Yes, PLEASE!

  • Lin

    This is just ridiculous. There shouldn’t be this many hot men in one movie. Joe is enough but when you add on the two Matthews a Channing and an Alex, it’s a recipe for HOTNESS!

  • Yes

    This is starting to look like it’s gonna be a damn good movie.

  • Jose

    Will there be frontal nudity?

    • Mark

      OhGod I hope so

    • Jeremy

      There will be in my row, honey.

  • Justin

    I’m always looking forward to the next Scorsese or Paul Thomas Anderson flick .. but this Magic Mike has moved to the top of my must-see list.

  • RCB

    Want to make it better? Shoot in in 3D!

    • Eshia

      HAHAHAHA! This is the best! Totally made my day.

    • LLB

      Love this comment! hahahahaha

  • MJ

    Bless you Steven Soderbergh…can this be in 3-D? :-)

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