Hollywood "bad boy" Alex Pettyfer has signed on to play a male stripper. That news alone is enough to have Hollywood talking about the oft-criticized 'Beastly' star, but there's a twist. He'll reportedly star as a young Channing Tatum in a film based on Tatum's male-stripper-turned-movie-star life story.

According to Deadline, Tatum will also star in the Steven Soderbergh-directed film, dubbed 'Magic Mike,' as the title character who mentors a young dancer (Pettyfer) on how to hustle both on stage and in life. The story is said to follow Tatum's own experiences as a young man working as a stripper when he was 19 years old.

Soderbergh cites 'Saturday Night Fever' as an inspiration for the film, which he has called "sexy, funny and shocking."