And the “Bridesmaids” dividends just keep on paying off. With Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy benefiting from the success of the R-rated chick flick, Wendi McLendon-Covey (aka Rita) is the latest to cash in her chips. She’s already landed a role in next spring’s “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” and now, in a move that would make Rita happy, she’s getting ready to surround herself with man meat.
McLendon-Covey will surround herself with Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello along with Gabriel Igelsias, Olivia Munn, Riley Keough and Cody Horn in Steven Soderbergh‘s stripper pic “Magic Mike.” Penned by Reid Carolin, the film will follow an experienced stripper (Tatum) who teaches a younger dancer (Pettyfer) how to hustle his wares on stage and off at the exotic club Xquisite, run by Dallas (McConaughey). No word yet on what her role will be in the film, but with the rest of the major parts now cast, it’s likely a minor turn.
Shooting on the Life Story Of C-Tates gets underway this month. No release date yet, but given that Soderbergh works lightning fast, look for it in 2012.