Oscar-winning writer-director Steven Soderbergh has potentially four films left for us to look forward to before he takes an early retirement – what will hopefully prove to be a temporary hiatus. We’ll be getting the first of those, Haywire, in January, and then we can look forward to seeing the world of male strippers on the big screen in the summer when the second of his four upcoming films is released, Magic Mike, both of which have the rising star Channing Tatum.

As far as I’m concerned, a Soderbergh film is always going to be something that you take a trip to the cinema to see, and Haywire is going to be amazing next month. Looking beyond that, we’ve now got the first image that’s been released for his second film of the new year, via Collider, and it gives us a look at the tank top-clad Tatum and the shirtless Matthew McConaughey, right in the middle of the male-stripping act.

The film’s been written by Reid Carolin, who worked with Tatum on his last film, Ten Year, and is based on Tatum’s own past experiences, focusing on a young male stripper (Alex Pettyfer) who learns the ropes from a vertern (Tatum).

Along with Tatum, McConaughey, and Pettyfer, the film also stars Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Olivia Munn, Adam Rodriguez, Riley Keough, Cody Horn, and Kevin Nash (the actor/professional wrestler).

Soderbergh fans will be pleased to know that although he’s officially exited The Man From U.N.C.L.E. for Warner Bros., he’s set to re-team with his Contagion writer Scott Z. Burns for his next film, shooting in the spring, titled The Bitter Pill.

Magic Mike is just one of (at least) five films that we’ll be seeing Tatum in next year, so 2012 is definitely set to be a busy one, with Haywire being the first off the bat on 18th January. We’ll then be seeing him in The Vow in February,21 Jump Street in March (which looks like a lot of fun), G.I. Joe: Retaliation in June, and then hopefully Magic Mike in June as well. The film’s yet to get aUK release date scheduled, but with a bit of luck, that’ll just be a matter of time. Without further ado, here’s our first look at the cast dressed (or not so much) as male strippers. As usual, click to enlarge.