Am I Magic Mike right now, talking to you? Channing Tatum asks in the new trailer for his new film, Magic Mike.
The question is a very valid and appropriate one for the movie and real-life, considering Tatum plays himself from another lifetime ago, back when he worked as a stripper at a Florida nightclub for eight months, under the name Chan Crawford.
That was before his modeling days (Armani, Abercrombie & Fitch) and before his big break in a film called Coach Carter (opposite Samuel L. Jackson) and an even bigger break in Step Up (where he met his lady love Jenna Dewan).
Tatum, now 31, has since been blessed with major productions (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Dear John, Haywire, 21 Jump Street), A-list co-stars (Amanda Seyfried, Michael Fassbender, Donald Sutherland, Johnny Depp) and acclaimed directors (Ron Howard, Stephen Sommers, Michael Mann).
So it's only fitting that Magic Mike has a director by the name of Steven Soderbergh (who also directed Tatum in Haywire), along with a cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello, Olivia Munn and Cody Horn. Matt Bomer and Riley Keough also have roles in the film, but are not shown in the new trailer.
This is a fantasy fulfillment movie, and it's an education. Straight up. If you ever wanted to know what it's like to be a male stripper, this is it, Tatum told Collider in January.
We want people to see it and have fun. Overall, it's a fun movie. We wrote it to be fun . . . the stuff that is happening is kind of outlandish, the characters at times, will be bizarre, he added.
Magic Mike opens in theaters on June 29.
Scroll down to watch the film's first full trailer.