Richard Jenkins Up For Roland Emmerich's White House Down
Despite being German-born, filmmaker Roland Emmerich has made arguably the most patriotic American action movie of all time with Independence Day. Since then, however, he's stumbled with clunky epics like Godzilla and The Day After Tomorrow. But with rumors of Independence Day 2 brewing, and his return to Washington D.C.-set thriller, White House Down, Emmerich seems primed for a revitalization! And those who like our action big and repentantly rah-rah couldn't be happier.
So, consider it gravy that Emmerich is collecting a truly incredible band of actors to fill out his cast. Man of the moment and Magic Mike star Channing Tatum will headline the production playing a secret service agent who is obliged to save the president's life when a mysterious paramilitary force invades the White House, taking it under siege, and planning to assassinate the Commander-in-chief. Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx will play the president, while Oscar-nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal and two-time Academy Award nominee James Woods will co-star as high-ranking Secret Service agents. And now Variety reveals that Emmerich may have wrangled another Oscar-nominee, as the always engaging Richard Jenkins is in talks to join the ever-more impressive ensemble.
Jenkins, who most recently delighted audiences as a jaded control room operator in Drew Goddard's mind-bending horror-thriller The Cabin In The Woods, has signed on to play the Speaker of the House. For those not up on their Social Studies, the Speaker of The House is second in line for the presidency in the event of the president's death, meaning he (or she) is right behind the Vice President according to the presidential line of succession. Between this key fact about American government structure and Variety's assurance that Jenkins would play a "key role," we might be able to assume who might be behind the film's treasonous plot.
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