Variety hears that Ben Stiller (‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’) has entered into talks to take a lead role in ‘I Am Chippendales,’ an upcoming drama that will tell the meteoric rise and tragic fall of Chippendales co-founder Somen “Steve” Banerjee.
Adapted from Rodney Sheldon’s book, the film is described as ‘Scarface’ meets ‘Magic Mike’ and tells the story of how Banerjee went from pumping gas to owner of the high-end strip club that evolved into the all-male exotic dance troupe. Banerjee’s wealth led to extreme paranoia, prompting him to hire a hitman to kill Nick DeNoia, a New York choreographer who had played a big part in the expansion of the troupe’s act on a global level.
Should he put pen to paper, Stiller would be playing the role of DeNoia. Former ‘True Blood’ showrunner Alan Ball is behind the camera for the film, directing from his own script.
‘I Am Chippendales’ will be a co-production of Permut Presentations, Sentinel Pictures and Your Face Goes Here Entertainment.