Channing Tatum To Play Magic Mike Again

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Alex Pettyfer and Matthew McConaughey in “Magic Mike.”

Channing Tatum, the star of Chelsea Clearview critics’ pick Magic Mike, has said that he plans to star in a sequel–this despite director Steven Soderbergh’s stated desire to retire once he finishes his biopic of Liberace. “We’re working on the concept now. We want to flip the script and make it bigger.” This is not the garden-variety response celebrities give when asked completely hypothetical questions about movies that will never exist (today’s example: Rose Byrne forcing enthusiasm about a movie adaptation of Damages); Mr. Tatum produced Magic Mike, which is loosely based on his own career as a stripper.