Ben Stiller is in talks to play a lead role in Alan Ball’s Chippendales movie, says Deadline.
“I Am Chippendables”, to be written and directed by “True Blood” alum Ball, is an adaptation of the Rodney Sheldon book about ” Steve Banerjee, an immigrant who went from pumping gas in Culver City to running a high-end nightclub that evolved into Chippendales. As the male-stripper concept became a phenomenon in the 1980s at the height of the women’s lib movement, Banerjee was consumed by excess and competition. After hiring a New York choreographer to polish the all-male dance troupe, he became wildly rich, and just as paranoid. Banerjee hired a hitman to murder the choreographer when negotiations went sour. After being arrested, Banerjee died in jail awaiting trial.”
Stiller, in a rare dramatic role, would play the New York choreographer hired to sparkle the band.
The Weinstein Company are first in-line to take the film on.