Briefly: Steven Soderbergh has already wrapped his movie Magic Mike, which stars Channing Tatum and is based on Tatum’s own youthful experience as a male exotic dancer. Because Soderbergh works fast he’s already got a cut of the film, and Warner Bros. has picked up the movie for distribution next summer. Magic Mike will hit theaters on June 29, 2012, when it will provide counter-programming against G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which also stars Tatum. Read More »

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Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson hasn’t exactly blown anyone away with his acting chops, but the guy who once got shot 9 (or was it 3? Either way) times and lived to tale the tale isn’t about to get scared off by a couple of negative reviews. He’s already got three films lined up for next year, and he’s just landed one more: Frozen Ground.

Written and directed by Scott Walker, the film is based on the true story of Alaskan serial killer Robert Hansen, who murdered at least 17 victims over the course of twelve years. Jackson will be playing an ’80s-era pimp, which producer Randall Emmett describes as a “substantial role.” He joins a cast that already includes John Cusack as Hansen, Nicolas Cage as a state trooper, and Vanessa Hudgens as the escaped victim who helps catch Hansen. Frozen Ground will begin shooting in Anchorage next month. [The Playlist]

After the jump, a WWE champ and a Breaking Bad star join Channing Tatum’s stripper movie, and The Last Exorcism star Ashley Bell lands two new roles, only one of which is a sequel to The Last Exorcism.

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Briefly: Steven Soderbergh‘s Magic Mike is going to shoot soon, with Alex Pettyfer playing a male exotic dancer under the hustling tutelage of Channing Tatum, whose real-life dancing experience informed the script. Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Joe Mangianello, Cody Horn, Riley Keough and Olivia Munn co-star, but the project isn’t done adding actors.

THR reports that Wendi McLendon-Covey, a longtime staple on Reno 911! and one of the attention-getting talents in Bridesmaids, now has a part in the film. No word on her role. Perhaps she’s a regular at the club that is central to the film’s story?

And then Deadline announces that CSI: Miami actor Adam Rodriguez has picked up a part not only in Magic Mike, as a male stripper, but that he’ll be in The Dark Knight Rises as well. No word on his specific role in Nolan’s third Batman movie, however.

It’s the ‘late additions’ edition of casting bits today, as we’ve got news on three actors who are all either being revealed as part of three different films late in the game, or are actually coming on well after everyone else. After the break, we’ve got:

  • Olivia Munn joins Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper movie Magic Mike,
  • comedian DeRay Davis is in the G.I. Joe sequel,
  • and character actor Alan Dale takes a role in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo at the very last minute.

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This is kind of a catch-all casting break, as it goes all over the map. I’d love to tie the four stories that follow to a theme beyond ‘these people are all in new movies,’ but if that theme exists, I’m afraid it escapes me now. So, after the break you’ll find:

  • Sienna Guillory appears to be confirmed to return as Jill Valentine in the fifth Resident Evil film,
  • comedian Gabriel Iglesias will spin records (or CDs, more likely) in Soderbergh’s Magic Mike,
  • Olivia Wilde takes what formerly belonged to Jennifer Garner,
  • and James Hong will play Ryan Reynolds, sort of, in R.I.P.D.

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I’d like to make this the ‘leading lady’ edition of Casting Bits, but I don’t think Caleb Landry Jones would like that very much. (Jason Segel would probably be OK with it.) Still, after the break you’ll find that two films have chosen their lead actresses, while Jones joins Jordan. Ahem. To wit:

  • Alexandra Maria Lara (above) takes the (female) lead in Ron Howard’s racing movie Rush,
  • Cody Horn will be the leading lady in Soderbergh’s Magic Mike,
  • Caleb Landry Jones, aka the First Class version of Banshee, joins Neil Jordan’s Byzantium,
  • and, as a final note, Jason Segel appears to be confirmed for Judd Apatow’s This is Forty.

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Steven Soderbergh‘s Magic Mike, the film based on experiences Channing Tatum had as an exotic dancer in his youth, is going forward full-steam. The film locked Alex Pettyfer early on to play a young male stripper mentored by ‘Magic’ Mike Martingano, played by Tatum. Earlier this week the film landed Matthew McConaughey and Matt Bomer as the owner of the club where the characters work, and another male stripper, respectively.

Now Riley Keough and True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello have been added. And there is a rumor that Jessica Biel could be in the cast, too, albeit one that may already be debunked. Read More »

You probably know by now that one of Steven Soderbergh‘s last pre-retirement films will be Magic Mike, written by Reid Carolin, a film about a male stripper that is partially based on actor Channing Tatum‘s experiences working as a young dancer and ‘ab and ass’ showman in Tampa, FL. (And one which has been drawing comparisons in overall structure and tone to Saturday Night Fever.)

The film has Alex Pettyfer set to play a young dancer mentored in the art of the hustle by the more experienced ‘Magic Mike,’ with Channing Tatum actually playing the title character. And now they’ll be joined by Matthew McConaughey and Matt Bomer. Read More »

Two actresses broke out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival in a big way: Elizabeth Olsen (thanks to Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House) and Brit Marling, who starred in and co-wrote Another Earth and The Sound of My Voice. Elizabeth Olsen has four films in various stages of completion (Red Lights; Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding; Liberal Arts; and Very Good Girls) while Brit Marling has shot a role in Arbitrage and flirted with Breaking the Girl.

And while the actress is looking to make The East, about “an FBI agent who infiltrates an ecoterrorist group,” which she co-wrote with The Sound of My Voice director Zal Batmanglij, there is a queue of big-time directors reportedly courting Marling for their upcoming projects. Read More »