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Zoë Kravitz to direct Channing Tatum in debut film 'Pussy Island'

Star of X-Men: First Class, Mad Max: Fury Road as well as the upcoming reboot of the caped crusader, The Batman, Zoë Kravitz is set to direct Channing Tatum in her debut picture named Pussy Island.

Co-written by Kravitz and High Fidelity writer ET Feigenbaum, the story is set to follow a young, clever cocktail waitress named Frida who sets her eyes on the tech mogul Slater King, played by Channing Tatum. Eventually manoeuvring herself into his inner circle, she manages to get an invite to an intimate gathering on a private island, though quickly realises that despite the stunning location and extravagant parties, there’s something more sinister going on beneath the surface. 

Kravitz started writing the script in 2017 and stated that the puzzling title, “means a lot of things”, and speaking to Deadline, revealed the following about the film: “As a woman in general, and a woman in this industry, I’ve experienced some pretty wild behaviour from the opposite sex. The title was kind of a joke at first, this place where people would go, bring women, party and hang out.”

Adding: “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 behaviour. It’s a nod to that, but it’s also playful, and a really playful film in a lot of ways. I like that the title leads with that and has some heavy meaning beneath it.” 

The film catches Channing Tatum at the height of his popularity, soon to be appearing in America: The Motion Picture as the voice of George Washington, as well as Dog, and Lost City of D set for release in 2022.

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