Starring Michael Jai White, Tyson Beckford, Romeo Miller and Eurika Pratts amongst others, here’s your first look at Jean-Claude LaMarre’s “Chocolate City,” which will take viewers into the world of male strippers, who also happen to be black.
a young college student struggling to make ends meet who meets the
owner of a male strip club who convinces him to give amateur night a
somehow, right? It certainly won’t be the first time we’ve heard a story
about a college kid having to strip, or even “hook,” as they work their
way through higher education. The difference this time is that the
protag is black and male, which isn’t the typical college hard-luck
story you’d find told on film.
play the owner of the strip club, while Beckford will play the club’s
former star attraction, whose star is now fading, thanks to the upstart
kid who’s moving in.
Devin, the young college student, while Pratts will play his girlfriend
who isn’t too pleased with her boyfriend’s choice of employment.
in a bid to draw the pious crowd, there’s also a subplot involving
Devin’s struggles with reconciling his strict religious upbringing with
his career as a stripper.
couple of years, as he researched the male strip club scene, eventually
realizing how immensely popular it is.
as well as what I’ve previously identified as a recent renewed interest
by Hollywood studios in targeting black audiences, both on the big and
small screens. If appetizingly packaged, a Hollywood studio just might
see the potential here to make what might be some easy money, and bite with a distribution pickup and sufficient marketing. Calling Lionsgate…
Poster above and on-set photos below: