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Who would have thought that 2012 was going to be the year of Channing Tatum? Okay, it's a bit of an exaggeration, but the star who was once considered nothing more than a less talented Josh Hartnett clone has really had a fantastic start to the year with a supporting turn in Steven Soderbergh's Haywire as well as his hilarious and charismatic performance in the surprisingly stellar 21 Jump Street (not to mention the box office success of The Vow). And with a small role in the upcoming blockbuster G.I. Joe: Retaliation not to mention his starring turn in Soderbergh's Magic Mike, things are just heating up for the emerging talent.
Yes, it turns out Katey was right and Tatum is really quite talented, and now I find myself interested in following his career. The actor is already filming yet another movie with Soderbergh (The Bitter Pill) and has a part in the next Bennett Miller movie(Foxcatcher) and now THR reports that Tatum is also in negotiations to star Roland Emmerich's action thriller White House Down.
While the Emmerich project might not have the same cache as Soderbergh's or Miller's, it sounds like a solid blockbuster for Tatum's and should keep his exposure as wide as possible. He should be careful selecting projects at this point in his career, but a Die Hard-influenced actioner is not necessarily a bad way to go. Of course, with Emmerich at the helm there is some understandable worry, however, the filmmaker has crafted his fair share of hugely successful blockbusters and all without ever really tarnishing the image of his leading men.
It also doesn't hurt that White House Down is a priority at Columbia since the studio hopes to get their film in theaters before a similar competing project at Millennium - Olympus Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler and directed by Antoine Fuqua. Written by James Vanderbilt, White House Down is set in the home of the president and pits an outmatched protagonist against an occupying terrorist force. Should he sign on Tatum will play a secret service agent and single dad stuck in the middle of a volatile situation at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue who is tasked with saving the president and the day. Columbia is hoping that White House Down will go into production this summer.