Channing Tatum – the man who punches at least one person per film – has been doing rather well of late. After showing that he’s got some comedy chops in 21 Jump Street and that making people blub into their popcorn is as profitable as its ever been in The Vow, he’s going back to hitting people – with G.I. Retaliation out soon and now news that he’s entered negotiations to star in Roland Emmerich’s new destruct ’em up White House Down.
Emmerich is helming the project which will see a group of paramilitary terrorists taking over the White House with a Secret Service Agent (Tatum) with the simple task of saving the President and killing the bad guys. Die Hard in a White House?
James Vanderbilt, the co-writer of The Amazing Spider-Man has written the script, which probably indicates that it might be a little more sensible than its premise and director might have you believe. And…urgh, apparently Tatum’s character is going to be a single dad, so…yeah, they’re probably going to be working the “sensitive” angle.
Tatum will be flashing his abs next in Steven Soderbergh’s stripper movie Magic Mike (out in July) followed by things that go boom in G.I. Joe Retaliation which is out in August.