Zoë Kravitz to direct her first film, Pussy Island, with Channing Tatum

The Magic Mike actor will play a mysterious billionaire in this thriller.

Since 2007, Zoë Kravitz multiplies the successes as an actress: she played in several sagas: X-Men the Beginning, Divergent, Mad Max Fury Road… and has also been a hit on television thanks to Big Little Lies. At 32, the daughter of artists Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz will move on to directing, reveals Deadline, with Pussy Island, a thriller to be carried by Channing Tatum. She co-wrote the story with ET Feigenbaum, who recently worked with her on the series. High Fidelity.

The pitch? Frida is a young and intelligent cocktail waitress who has in her sights a rich man and philanthropist with a fortune in new technologies, Slater King (Tatum, therefore). When she manages to integrate her intimate circle and to be invited to her private island, where champagne flows freely during the holiday nights, Frida feels that this place is hiding something. Something she can’t seem to get through. Something terrifying.

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Zoë Kravitz specifies to the magazine that she wants to offer the female lead role to another actress, in order to fully concentrate on the making of the film, and that she had “Chan” in mind by writing his role: “It was my first choice. I knew him from Magic Mike and his live shows, and I felt he was a true feminist. I wanted to work with someone who has a keen interest in this subject. . ” She also talks about her enriching experience on the series High Fidelity as a screenwriter and producer, which made her want to step behind the camera (“It was an incredible learning on how to tell a story”) and finally analyzes the provocative title of this first film, Pussy Island, which can be translated by “the island of kitties”. “This title means a lot of things. I started writing this story in 2017. As a woman in general, and also in this industry, I have seen some pretty wild behavior from the opposite sex. That title was so kind of a joke at first, alluding to this place where guys could go, bring girls back, party and fuck. But it also hints at our time, where we claim that we don’t. want to live like this more, in terms of politics and sexuality. People evolve, things change, but there can remain a bad taste related to the harmful actions of some in the past. The title refers to this, and at the same time , it’s a playground, like the film which will be a playground in many aspects. I like the fact that this title evokes all of these at the same time, that there is a real meaning behind it. “

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