This summer Channing Tatum goes undercover for the cop comedy 22 Jump Street, but after that he's set to take undercover work seriously in a drama for Sony Pictures.
THR reports Tatum and his producing partner Reid Carolin will be teaming up with producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron for the untitled undercover drama. Based on a true story, this unnamed project will star Channing Tatum as an average family man who risks everything to go undercover to topple 1970s America's most dangerous mob boss. These producing partners aren't yet tipping whose story is serving as inspiration on the project, but they have hired screenwriter Kristin Gore to pen it.
Tatum previously worked with Zadan and Meron on the 86th Academy Awards. The pair produced Oscar's big night, while Tatum helped pick "Team Oscar," the aspiring filmmakers who played caddy to the awards. But the pair is best known for producing the 6-time Oscar-winning musical Chicago. Could this mean this unnamed undercover drama is going to have some serious sizzle? It's too soon to say.
At this point, it's unclear when this untitled drama might shoot. But with Tatum attached, you can bet he and his fellow producers will have an easy time pulling together a compelling cast. In the meantime, Channing Tatum fans have a lot to look forward too.
This summer will see the release of 22 Jump Street, the hotly anticipated sequel to the surprise hit 21 Jump Street, which proved Tatum's skills as a comedic performer. Following 22 Jump Street's release on June 13th is the latest from Andy and Lana Wachowski, Jupiter Ascending. This original science-fiction epic stars Tatum as an intergalactic warrior who comes to Earth to rescue a human woman who has a grand role to play in the future of all the universe. Jupiter Ascending opens July 18th.
For a glimpse of Tatum in action as a kick-ass extraterrestrial, check out Jupiter Ascending's trailer below:
Then, this fall Tatum leaps back into production, shooting Magic Mike XXL, the buzzed about sequel to the massive hit Magic Mike. Then on November 14th, he's back in theaters with Bennett Miller's long-delayed Foxcatcher, a docudrama about the tragic story of Olympic Wrestling Champion Mark Schultz. Coming from the director of Moneyball and featuring a cast that also includes Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher is expected to be among the titles talked about next Oscar season.
Where in this jam-packed schedule of production and press Tatum is looking to shoot Sony's untitled crime drama remains to be seen. But we'll keep you posted on any updates.