Tyson Beckford, Michael Jai White cast in male stripper pic ‘Chocolate City’

Michael Jai White and Tyson Beckford

Michael Jai White and Tyson Beckford

Thanks to the success of Magic Mike, a film featuring Black male strippers is in the works. So far the film, Chocolate City, has cast Michael Jai White and Tyson Beckford according to Deadline’s Jen Yamato. The film follows Devin, a college student struggling to make ends meet who meets the owner of a male strip club (White) who convinces him to give amateur night a whirl. Beckford will play Adrian, the club’s former star attraction who finds his popularity fading as the new kid starts to steal the spotlight.

“This movie was in gestation for 2 1/2 years, but after Magic Mike it seemed a natural fit for the African-American female audience,” the film’s director, Jean-Claude LaMarre (Gang of Roses), told Yamato. “I researched the male exotic club scene and it’s massive across the country, with clubs specifically targeting middle-aged African-American women.”

There’s no target date for release as of yet. Fortunately there’s a web series that’s pretty much on the same vibe called Hard Times. Check it out here.

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