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Can Gerard Butler's career be rescued? He seems to be in a pretty rough spot right now, starring in the virtually ignored Playing for Keeps and with the little-see Chasing Mavericks, Coriolanus and Machine Gun Preacher as the last few titles on his resume. But he'll at least be getting back into his action star wheelhouse for his next project, Olympus Has Fallen, which has him starring as a Secret Service agent protecting the President during a terrorist attack on the White House.
If that plot line sounds familiar, it's because it's pretty much exactly what's happening in White House Down, which stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx and is coming out next June. Olympus Has Fallen seems like the clear underdog of the two, if only because Channing Tatum is pretty much as popular a movie star as exists right now, so Butler's film will be looking to get the leg up by coming out earlier. Now they're making that date even sooner-- Deadline reports that Olympus Has Fallen has moved its release date to March 22, which is a full two months before White House Down arrives June 28. That's about the same window that existed between this year's dueling projects, Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman, which opened around similar times.
Even though he hasn't given us much reason in recent months, I'm still rooting for Gerard Butler, who really could be the star his potential suggests if just given a single good movie to work with.
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