Zoe Kravitz to direct Channing Tatum in her directorial debut Pussy Island.

Future Catwoman Zoe Kravitz (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald) has her eyes set on her next project, co-writing (alongside E.T. Feigenbaum) and directing Pussy Island. Channing Tatum (Magic Mike) has signed on in the lead role, with a female c0-star still to be cast. Kravitz has clarified she will not be starring in the film, wanting to focus solely on the directing of the project.

The film will follow Frida, a young, clever, Los Angeles cocktail waitress who has her eyes set on the prize: philanthropist and tech mogul Slater King (Tatum). When she skillfully maneuvers her way into King’s inner circle and ultimately an intimate gathering on his private island, she is ready for a journey of a lifetime. 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. Something she can’t quite put her finger on. Something that is a bit terrifying.

Kravitz spoke in detail to Deadline about the project, touching on the interesting choice of title.

“ The title was kind of a joke at first, this place where people would go, bring women, party and hang out. The story evolved into something else, but the title wound up having multiple meanings. And it alludes to this time and place we claim to not be in anymore, 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 past behavior. It’s a nod to that, but it’s also playful, and a really playful film in a lot of ways.”

It seems Kravitz wrote the role of Slater with Tatum in mind, who also spoke to Deadline “This came out of nowhere and the subject matter made me say, wait, why are you thinking about me for this? No one gives me a chance to play a role like this, everybody throws me down a different alley and expects me to do a certain thing. It was scary and liberating, just to be able to have a free conversation, where I was allowed to mess up, and say the wrong things.”

Check out the Deadline article to read their full comments, including some interesting footwear choices for Tatum.

The film is going to the Cannes Marketplace next week, so expect more on filming and release dates after this.

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