Did Someone Say a Dev Patel Strip-Club Movie?

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Good morning, I’m so excited to share some important personal news. It has been announced that Dev Patel, recent Emmy-nominated actor, is attached to a new project by I, Tonya director Craig Gillespie. Chippendales tells the true story of Steve Banerjee (to be played by Patel), an Indian immigrant who transforms a struggling L.A. club into a nightlife hotspot famed for its troupe of male exotic dancers. The dancers, who became known as the Chippendales, are known for their striptease performances and costumes, which consist of only a bow tie, collar, and cuffs worn over their naked chests.

Although Patel isn’t playing one of the dancers (at least to my knowledge) his turn as a spiraling strip-club owner with a Playboy bunny girlfriend is sure to be remarkable. I mean, of all the actors who were totally shafted by delayed movie releases in 2020, Patel was one of the hardest hit. This was his year to quite literally make history: He played the lead, King Arthur’s “reckless and headstrong” nephew, in the period-action film The Green Knight; the titular character The Personal History of David Copperfield; and was set to star in the stock market drama Flash Crash. The range!

These films will come out eventually, but the Chippendales news is a good reminder that Hollywood hasn’t forgotten about Patel, one of the greatest and hottest actors of our generation. Congratulations to him and also to me, his number one fan.

Did Someone Say a Dev Patel Strip-Club Movie?