Craig Gillespie, the director behind films such as Fright Night, The Finest Hours, and I, Tonya, is set to helm a new film titled Chippendales. Dev Patel (Lion, Slumdog Millionaire) is set to star.
Chippendales follows the true story of Steve Banerjee, who will be played by Patel, “an Indian immigrant who acquires the struggling L.A. club Destiny II and transforms it into a hot spot. The club features women’s mud wrestling and a ladies-only male exotic dance night, which becomes the basis for the famous ‘Chippendales’ group. Soon enough, Banerjee finds himself earning $8 million a year, and with the help of co-creators Paul Snider and his playboy bunny girlfriend Dorothy Stratten, builds an empire on the idea. However, treasure soon turns to tragedy when Snider murders Stratten and then commits suicide, sending Banerjee into a downward spiral of legal battles.”
Patel has been attached to this project for several years, but the supporting role of his business partner, Nick Denoia, still has yet to be cast. Ben Stiller was initially in talks to play the role, but he’s no longer involved.
Gillespie’s most recent project is Disney’s Cruella, which tells the original story of the classic 101 Dalmations villain Cruella de Vil, who is played by Emma Stone.