Aside from the basic factors of race, gender and overall handsomeness, George Clooney and Channing Tatum have approximately nothing in common. But with Clooney officially out of Steven Soderbergh's adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Channing Tatum may be in line to replace him, at least according to a new report from Deadline. Tatum just worked with Soderbergh on the completely crazy-sounding Magic Mike, a.k.a. the male stripper movie, and Soderbergh has been known to rely on the same actors over and over again, so this story certainly makes sense on the surface.

Since Clooney bowed out a murderer's row of hunky talent has been eyed for starring roles in the film, with Bradley Cooper rumored for a long time before recently dropping out, Joel Edgerton recently mentioned, and Ryan Gosling, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Alexander Skarsgard all in contention at some point (none of them seem to be in the running now). The options are pretty much endless in terms of who Soderbergh could cast, since the series is fairly old and the basic premise-- an American and Russian spy teaming up to save the world-- allows for you to put pretty much any character in for the modern spin.

Say what you will about Channing Tatum-- and I know plenty has been said about his supposed lack of talent in the past-- but I like the guy and I'm interested to see what a skilled director like Soderbergh might get out of him in Magic Mike. Really, anything that keeps him away from his Son of No One director Dito Montiel is probably a step in the right direction, right?

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