It’s easy to bemoan casting choices - romantic comedies that feature a male and a female star that seemed to have been picked just by virtue of the fact they’ve never appeared together in a rom-com before (Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore in Music & Lyrics, I am looking squarely at you), superhero flicks that cast leads that don’t meet rabid fan expectations, that insane Bradley Cooper/Crow thing, pretty much any film that involves anyone who has ever worked on One Tree Hill, the list goes on and on.
But sometimes, just sometimes, casting is almost too perfect, too spot-on, so that we can only sit back and sigh, content and pleased and sated, as if we have just eaten a full Thanksgiving dinner. Matthew McConaughey is now set to play a former stripper turned strip club owner in Steven Soderbergh‘s Magic Mike, simply because it could be no other way.
Soderbergh’s film already has Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer top-lining, which is based on Tatum’s real life experiences “working as a teen stripper in Tampa.” Again, of course. Tatum is the titular Magic Mike, who “mentors” Pettyfer’s character in the art of dancing for money, and probably some magic, too.
McConaughey will play the character of Dallas, a former stripper who now owns the club where Tatum’s character does his little tushy-shimmy for dollar dollar bills, y’all. The club is, of course, called “Xquisite.” This film sounds xquisite. This casting is xquisite. This world is xquisite.