Filmmaker Jean-Claude LaMarre is gearing up for his new film, “Chocolate City” – a “Magic Mike” type of film that features African-American
The story centers on Devin, a college student struggling to make ends meet who meets the owner of a strip club (White) who convinces him
to give amateur night at the strip club a whirl.
Beckford will play Adrian, the club’s former star attraction who finds his popularity fading as the new kid starts to steal the spotlight.
LaMarre wrote and will direct the feature for his Nulite company, alongside Gabriel Casseus, Robert Aaronson and Rozina Negusei of Zanar Entertainment.
“This movie was in gestation for 2 1/2 years, but after Magic Mike it seemed a natural fit for the African-American female audience,” LaMarre told Deadline about the film. “I researched the male exotic club scene and it’s massive across the country, with clubs specifically targeting middle-aged African-American women.”
Right now, the filmmaker has partnered with eOne Entertainment’s non-theatrical division for the film, but hopes that it can evolve and see a wife theatrical release as well.
Production starts on the movie in Los Angeles in June.