Jamie Foxx To Play The President In Roland Emmerich's White House Down

By Katey Rich 2012-06-07 06:24:48discussion comments
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If you're like us, you're probably still losing your mind over the first trailer for Django Unchained, the new film from Quentin Tarantino that stars Jamie Foxx as an escaped slave on a search for vengeance. The Western-inspired revenge saga looks gorgeous, and even better, it seems to feature the kind of performance from Jamie Foxx that's more like what we expected to see after his Oscar-winning turn in Ray. Foxx is clearly an actor with a ton of range, and while the lead role in Django will probably give him plenty of chances to show it off, it probably won't hurt either to take on a role that's completely and totally different for his next effort.

And though Roland Emmerich's White House Down may be the opposite of the genre-bending, hyper-intelligent work Quentin Tarantino does, we're sure Foxx will fit in just fine there too. Deadline reports that Foxx is currently in talks to play the President in the new Emmerich film, which stars Channing Tatum as a Secret Service agent who single-handedly has to protect the President after an attack on the White House. Yes, not only is this essentially Die Hard at the White House, but there's a very similar project in the works with Gerard Butler attached-- though the more excellent cast that White House Down gets on board, the more I become convinced it will be the only one to actually go into production.

To play the title character in a Quentin Tarantino film, the President and a gangster named Motherfucker Jones (in last year's Horrible Bosses) is a pretty crazy accomplishment for any actor, but we're especially excited to see it happen for Foxx, who hasn't really lacked for work in the decade since he won his Oscar, but who hasn't done work nearly as fascinating since. Django may still be the more challenging role, but if playing the President in a Roland Emmerich isn't a bucket list item for Foxx, he's clearly been planning his acting career wrong.
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