Malleable muscle-man Channing Tatum, fresh from 21 Jump Street’s new training program for ‘cherub looking motherfuckers’, may front “White House Down”, the new actioner from tentpole king Roland Emmerich (“The Day After Tomorrow”, “2012″, “Independence Day”).
The Hollywood Reporter says Tatum, next in Steven Soderbergh’s “Magic Mike”, would play “a Secret Service agent who happens to be a single dad and must save the president when 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is taken over by paramilitary group.”
The “Die Hard” meets “West Wing” plot is also being used for “Olympus has Fallen”, a Gerard Butler-starring Antoine Fuqua-directed picture that’s in the works at Millennium. The trade believes “White House Down” has ramped up as a result of the former showing more activity in recent weeks.
The Columbia-produced “White House Down” is expected to go before the cameras this Summer.