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Lee Daniels Wants to Make a Gay Action Hero Movie

Lee Daniels Wants to Make a Gay Action Hero Movie

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Director Lee Daniels always has an interesting eye for casting (thanks to him, we saw a grownup Zac Efron in The Paperboy). Now it looks like he's tapped Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) to be his new muse, saying he will star as one-half of a gay interracial action hero couple in a new feature film project Daniels has in development.

The always ambitious Daniels, who is riding high on the critical acclaim and box office receipts of the Oscar-worthy Lee Daniels' The Butler, has revealed in an exclusive interview with Out magazine, that he's developing an "interracial love affair action movie" with an interracial gay couple. According to Daniels, think of it as a gay "Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but the two good-looking guys as the action heroes." The twist? "We don't find out they're gay until the end of the movie," he explains.

He went on to reveal that, "Alex Pettyfer is in it, [but] I have to find the right black guy opposite him. He's so hot, isn't he? So hot. And so aware of his hotness in a way that's so…I love him to death."

We're also still curious for more details surrounding the fact that FOX picked up Lee Daniels' and Danny Strong’s unnamed “Hip-Hop Drama” to develop into a network series. We were excited by the fact that the team pair behind Lee Daniels' The Butler would be bringing a story that hadn't been told to people's homes around the country. Described as a “unique family drama set in the world of a hip-hop empire,” we expect to see a slew of high-profile names cast in unusual roles. 

In the meantime, Mr. Daniels, can we suggest Idris Elba be cast as that hot black guy to be Alex Pettyfer's Mr. Smith?

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