Channing Tatum continues to ride a wave of successful film choices, as he’s now looking to star in a good ol’ fashioned Roland Emmerich disaster pic. Tatum has been turning heads following solid turns earlier this year in Haywire and 21 Jump Street, and now Variety reports that the actor is in advanced talks to topline Sony’s White House Down. The film is described as Die Hard in the White House and follows a secret service agent who must save the president following a parahijacking of the White House (only in a Roland Emmerich movie…). James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man) wrote the screenplay, and production is on track to begin later this summer. Hit the jump for more.
White House Down is actually one of two White House-centered actioners in development, as Nu Image/Millennium is prepping Olympus Has Fallen with Gerard Butler attached to star. Variety reports that the next step on White House Down is for producers to cast the president and the head of secret service. I’d like to take this time to ask Mr. Emmerich to have Bill Pullman reprise his President role from Independence Day, making White House Down a pseudo-sequel to the alien invasion pic. You’re welcome, Hollywood.
Tatum is currently filming Steven Soderbergh’s This Bitter Pill, and he’s poised to stretch his dramatic chops later this year in Moneyball director Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher opposite Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo. Tatum is also expected to star in The Wachowskis’ sci-fi pic Jupiter Ascending, and he’s producing a Peter Pan reimagining called Neverland. He’ll be seen this summer in Magic Mike.