Hollywood loves trends. Vampires. Werewolves. Action movies with older action stars. This year alone, there are competing projects about the Queen in Snow White and a biopics about Steve Jobs and porn star Linda Lovelace. So who would have expected that next year would have been the year of the competing action thrillers described as “Die Hard set in the White House”? And both of them have intriguing leads.
This week, Channing Tatum surfaced as the front-runner for Roland Emmerich’s White House Down, arriving November 1st, 2013. The Columbia Pictures film is being fast-tracked and is written by James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man. Should he join, Tatum would play a Secret Service agent and single father who is caught in the crossfire when a paramilitary group invade the White House.
Tatum has had a banner year, emerging as a star courted for many high-profile roles. Just a few years ago, many wrote him off as a pretty face with little actual talent. But now, as the star of this year’s hits, the romantic chick flick The Vow and the brilliant action comedy 21 Jump Street, he proved that that he not only has the sexy looks to woo audiences, but the comedic, dramatic, and action talent to boot. By teaming up with Emmerich, the director of such destructive fair as Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and 2012, it will be nothing short of a turn-off-your-brain-and-enjoy explosions and eye candy extravaganza. Tatum still has Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper dramedy Magic Mike and his probably cameo in GI Joe: Retaliation both coming June 28th.
This project is similar to Millennium Films’ Olympus Has Fallen, which has Gerard Butler (300, Gamer) attached to star, also a Secret Service agent, this time stopping a terrorist assault on the White House. Antoine Fuqua, the director of Training Day and Brooklyn’s Finest is helming the project, which too is also being fast-tracked in competition with White House Down. And, like Down, don’t expect it to be any more than a gritty actioner.
This article appeared on Savetheseat.