Michael Jai White, and Tyson Beckford Team Up For 'Chocolate City' - The Black 'Magic Mike'

Call it the black Magic Mike (see Daniel Simolke's piece on this blog on Magic Mike’s diversity problem, published a year ago HERE)...

Michael Jai White and Tyson Beckford are in negotiations to star in Jean-Claude LaMarre's Chocolate City, which will take viewers into the world of male strippers, who also happen to be black.

Chocolate City will follow, according to Deadline, Devin...

... 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 whirl.

Gotta pay the bills 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.

Jai White will 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.

And 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.

Director LaMarre (who most recently helmed the Gang of Roses movies, and more) says that the project is one he's been developing for a couple of years, as he researched the male strip club scene, eventually realizing how immensely popular it is.

LaMarre, who penned the script, will also produce via his Nulite production company, along with Gabriel Casseus, Robert Aaronson and Rozina Negusei of Zanar Entertainment.

A June production start date is eyed.

This might actually be coming along at the right time, given the success of Magic Mike, 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 change, and bite.

The search is on for the young actor to play the star of the film, Devin.


Can Jay Ellis play Devin? please and thanks.