Ben Stiller in Talks to Star in Alan Ball’s ‘I Am Chippendales’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Ben Stiller is in talks to star in Alan Ball’s “I Am Chippendales,” the true-life story of how the male dance club became one of the most famous adult entertainment shows in the world.

Focusing on the founding and expansion of the Chippendales nightclub by Paul Snider and Somen “Steve” Banerjee — who eventually pleaded guilty to attempted arson, racketeering and murder for hire and was found dead in his jail cell in 1994. Stiller will play Nick DeNoia, the former choreographer/partner who helped conceive the idea for the dance troupe with Banerjee and attorney Bruce Nahin and played a big part in the expansion of the act on a global level.

Ball will direct, produce and adapt the script which is based on Rodney Sheldon’s book.

Permut Presentations and Sentinel Pictures will also develop and produce.

The WME-repped Stiller was last seen in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” which he also directed and is in production on the Fox pic “Night at the Museum 3.” After playing a less family-friendly role in Noah Baumbach’s “Greenberg” in 2010, he will co-star in Baumbach’s “While We’re Young” opposite Naomi Watts.

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