'Dear John' star Channing Tatum is a busy man. He's been featured in two flicks this year, 'The Eagle' and 'The Dilemma,' already has four more in the can and is currently filming the big-screen adaptation of '21 Jump Street,' co-starring Jonah Hill. But things will get even hotter for the handsome actor after he finishes 'Street,' because he's just signed on to star in a Steven Soderbergh–directed indie drama titled 'Magic Mike.'

Tatum will play the titular character, a male exotic dancer who, according to Variety, "schools a young dancer in how to hustle, both on and off the stage." The film reportedly draws on Tatum's real-life experiences as a stripper in Tampa, Fla., when he was 19.

"When Channing talked to me about this, I thought it was one of the best ideas I'd ever heard for a movie," Soderbergh said in a statement. "I said I wanted in immediately. It's sexy, funny, and shocking. We're using 'Saturday Night Fever' as our model, so hopefully we're on the right track."
'Mike' will be Tatum and Soderbergh's second film together, having already completed the forthcoming thriller 'Haywire.' "This was a wild and pivotal time in my life, and I couldn't be more thrilled to go down the rabbit hole with Steven," Tatum said in a statement.

Tatum discussed his stripper past with Ellen DeGeneres during an interview on her show. It's good to see he has a sense of humor about it (and wasn't afraid to break out his best moves). Watch:

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