Channing Tatum to play Evil Knievel


Hollywood hottie Channing ‘Magic Mike’ Tatum will next test out his bum-wiggling skills while trying to jump 16 cars on a modified motorcycle!

Tatum is playing legendary stuntman Evil Knievel, in a film he’ll also produce.

Reid Carolin is writing the screenplay for a picture that’ll be produced by Mike DeLuca and Dana Brunetti, of “The Social Network” fame.

Here’s what The Hollywood Reporter has on the project :

Born Robert Craig Knievel, the stuntman became a household name in the 1970s for his nationally televised motorcycle jumps. Ever the showman, Knievel became recognizable for his use of a Stars-and-Stripes getup and known for his 433 broken bones. At the height of his celebrity, he gained endorsements from Harley-Davidson and a toy line by the Ideal Toy Company. Knievel died in 2007 at the age of 69.

Tatum isn’t the first actor to assume the famed thrill-seeker. George Hamilton starred in the 1971 film titled Evel Knievel, while Knievel himself toplined the 1977 film Viva Knievel!

The Tatum vehicle is based on Stuart Barker’s 2008 book Life of Evel.

Tatum’s upcoming films include “G.I Joe Retaliation” and “Foxcatcher”.