If things work out, Roland Emmerich may eventually have his hands full with the talked about Independence Day sequel. In the meantime, from the sound of it, his next feature project takes place entirely on earth, with no mentioned aliens in its description. Written by James Vanderbilt, White House Down follows a secret service agent who sets out to defend the president when a paramilitary group invades the White House and takes hostages.

The premise of the movie sounds very similar to Antoine Fuqua's Olympus Has Fallen, which also involves a White House attack. Set to star in the Emmerich-helmed White House Down is Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, and today Variety reports that James Woods is in early talks to join the cast. While Tatum is set to play the mentioned Secret Service agent out to protect the president, the role Woods may take on will have him heading up the presidential detail. It certainly sounds like a role fit for the Casino star.

Woods is known for his feature roles, though he's spread his talent beyond the big screen, especially in recent years, with TV credits including the TV movie Too Big to Fail and a starring role in CBS' Shark. He also appeared in the 2011 film Straw Dogs and voiced roles in a couple of video games. It sounds like negotiations for the role White House Down are just getting going, so we'll have to keep an ear out for further updates on the film, which is set to begin production next month.

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