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Channing Tatum Gets A One-way Ticket To Zoe Kravitz's New Film, "Pussy Island."
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Channing Tatum Gets A One-way Ticket To Zoe Kravitz's New Film, "Pussy Island."


Several months ago, rumors circulated that Zoe Kravitz and Channing Tatum were the latest in a long line of unexpected celebrity couples to emerge in the last year.

As it turns out, the two were working on Kravitz's upcoming and gloriously titled directorial debut "Pussy Island," a genre thriller she co-wrote with E.T. Feigenbaum.

The story revolves around Frida, a "young, clever Los Angeles cocktail waitress" who is invited to a private island owned by billionaire philanthropist and tech mogul Slater King, played by Tatum.

According to Deadline, “despite the epic setting, beautiful people, ever-flowing champagne, and late-night dance parties, Frida can sense that there’s more to this island than meets the eye.”

The production of the film will begin in a tropical location early next year.

Kravitz appears to have spent years developing the script, which she says was inspired in part by the "pretty wild behavior from the opposite sex" she's witnessed as a woman in the entertainment industry.

In terms of the film's provocative title, the "Big Little Lies" star explained that it began as "kind of a joke," but she eventually settled on "Pussy Island" because it speaks to current conversations about gender, sexuality, and power.

“It alludes to this time and place we claim to no longer be in terms of sexual politics; people are evolving and changing, but there is still a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths from previous behavior,” Kravitz told Deadline. “It’s a nod to that, but it’s also playful, and a really playful film in a lot of ways.”

Kravitz's first choice for the role of the titular island's owner was Tatum, who also helped develop the script; the actor compared his role in the film to an "extremely committed version — psychotic possibly — but an extreme version of myself."

“No one gives me a chance to play a role like this; everyone throws me down a different alley and expects me to do a certain thing,” Tatum said. “It was scary and liberating to be able to have a free conversation, where I was allowed to mess up and say the wrong things.”

The role of Frida has yet to be cast, as Kravitz stated that she wanted to write a character that she would like to play with the intention of handing it over to another performer so she could focus on directing.

In case there are any lingering doubts about whether the new coworkers are a match made in heaven, Tatum recalled how Kravitz basically read him for filth for wearing Crocs to their first business meeting.

“Just to be clear, there are people who can pull off the Crocs thing,” Kravitz admitted, “but I wasn’t sure you were one of them.”

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