Jamie Foxx May Play President Opposite Channing Tatum in WHITE HOUSE DOWN

     June 6, 2012


Just how does Oscar winner Jamie Foxx plan on following up a large-scale spaghetti Western from Quentin Tarantino?  Why with a Roland Emmerich action movie, of course.  Variety reports that Foxx is eyeing the role of the President of the United States in the Independence Day director’s actioner White House DownChanning Tatum is set to star as a secret service agent who must protect the president when a group of parahijackers take over the White House.  The project, described as “Die Hard in the White House,” comes with a script by Zodiac and The Amazing Spider-Man screenwriter James Vanderbilt.  Hit the jump for more.

Sony is in a bit of a pickle with White House Down, as Millenium Films is prepping a similarly-plotted film called White House Taken (clever title!).  Gerard Butler stars in the Millenium project with Antoine Fuqua set to direct.  Though Taken is further along than Down, the latter project has the master of blowing shit up as its director and the suddenly very popular Tatum as its star, so I’m saying the advantage goes to Down.  Though Variety notes that no official negotiations have begun with Foxx, he’s apparently interested in taking on the POTUS role and Emmerich is keen on landing the Academy Award winner.  Tatum has had an impressive year with turns in Haywire and 21 Jump Street, and I’d be more than interested to see him team up with Foxx for an all-out actioner from Emmerich.


  • Ray

    Interesting pairing.

  • One Million A.D.

    This, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, GI JOE REGURGITATION, they have to install some Raiders shit in that B&B like tarantulas and poison darts and a boulder that chases you down Pennsylvania Avenue.

  • Chris

    Cool. Would this be the first time we have a black president in a major movie since Pres. Obama’s election?

  • will

    Motherf*cker Jones as President LOL. It’s such a bizarre casting choice that I can’t help but love it.

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  • mike

    Gerard Butler’s project was announced first and was originally titled “Olympus has Fallen.” It was reported on March 12, 2012 that Millennium closed the deal to acquire “Olympus Has Fallen”, a Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt spec script for a big action movie that’s set in the White House.

    Three weeks later it was reported that Sony Spec Deal For ‘White House Down’ Worth $3 Million. Sony Pictures paid $3 million for “White House Down”, an action drama spec script by James Vanderbilt, the scribe behind the studio’s summer tentpole The Amazing Spider-Man.

    So if Sony is in a pickle it was their own doing that put them there. I’m pulling for Millennium’s project. Sony is playing down and dirty on this one and I think that is why Millennium changed the name of their film to “White House Taken” I think we are in for a smack-down!

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