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Channing Tatum to star in Zoe Kravitz-directed thriller

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The Batman, Big Little Lies, Zoë Kravitz (The Batman) stepped behind the camera for the next thriller, Pussy Island. Channing Tatum will star and develop a script composed by Kravitz and ET Feigenbaum. (Magic Mike, Lost City of D). Bruce Cohen, Kravitz, Tiffany People and Tatum’s Free Association are lined to produce the picture next week in Cannes.

Deadline broke the story on Tuesday afternoon, and provided the following description:

The young, smart cocktail waitress from Los Angeles who has her eyes on the prize: philanthropist and tech mogul King Slater (Tatum). She is ready for a life voyage as she skilfully weaves her way through the inner circle of King and finally a close gathering on her island. In spite of the magnificent location, the wonderful people, the always flowing champagne and the dance parties at the end of the night, Frida can feel more than the eyes of the island. She couldn’t place her finger on something. Something somewhat awful.

A lot of people know about the Kravitz involvement in the Mad Max: Fury Road, X-Men: Divergent First Class and Hulu’s High Fidelity, produced too. Soon, by playing Catwoman in the Batman of Matt Reeves, she will become a part of the DCEU.” Kravitz was thought to be going in the path of being appointed Chief Executive Officer for several years. From what I can collect, she waited for the proper subject and wanted to create something that looks at issues such as gender dynamics and corrupt power buildings.

Kravitz recently spoke with Deadline about Pussy Island and had this to say about the film’s provocative title:

“The title means a lot of things,” Kravitz said. “I started writing this story in 2017. As a woman in general, and a woman in this industry, I’ve experienced some pretty wild behavior from the opposite sex. The title was kind of a joke at first, this place where people would go, bring women, party, and hang out. The story evolved into something else, but the title wound up having multiple meanings. And it alludes to this time and place we claim to not be in anymore, in terms of sexual politics. People are evolving and changing but there is still a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths from past behavior. It’s a nod to that, but it’s also playful, and a really playful film in a lot of ways. I like that the title leads with that and has some heavy meaning beneath it.”

Later in the interview, Kravitz explains that she expressly wanted Tatum for the role of Slater King. After landing him to play the key character, the two began developing the script together.

“Chan was my first choice, the one I thought of when I wrote this character,” Kravitz said. “I just knew from Magic Mike and his live shows, I got the sense he’s a true feminist and I wanted to collaborate with someone who was clearly interested in exploring this subject matter.”

Tatum then told Deadline that he was rather surprised by the offer, but was intrigued nonetheless.

“It’s terrifying to talk about anything, when you start putting your toes over the line, and talking about men and women today, as things are starting to bubble to the surface and everybody is starting to have accountability,” Tatum told Deadline. “When Zoë called me about this, I was shocked. I didn’t know her. I’d watched her in movies, knew she produced High Fidelity, and had seen that, but I didn’t know she was creating on a level like this, where she wanted to direct. This came out of nowhere and the subject matter made me say, wait, why are you thinking about me for this? No one gives me a chance to play a role like this, everybody throws me down a different alley and expects me to do a certain thing. It was scary and liberating, just to be able to have a free conversation, where I was allowed to mess up, and say the wrong things. It became less about men and women and more of a human thing that will open people’s eyes, rather than us drawing lines in the sand, you’re a man, I’m a woman, it’s us against you thing. This goes deeper in a direction I’m fascinated by and I’m interested in seeing how people receive this and break it down in their own lives. And what they think the movie means and how would they have made decisions.

“Slater is a wild character, an extremely committed version — psychotic possibly — but an extreme version of myself,” Tatum said. “I’m very interested to see what humans are capable of, physically, mentally, spiritually, energetically, all of it. He wants to know what people are capable of, what they want, and what they are capable of when they want something. And how far are you willing to push yourself to get the thing you want. For me, that supersedes gender, race or religion, creed. That’s wildly fascinating to me.”

For more on the evolution and creative process for Pussy Island, be sure to check out Deadline’s extensive interview.

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