Channing Tatum has had a busy year, busting out his dance moves from his previous stripping career in “Magic Mike,” saving the world in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and even dancing with Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron at the 85th annual Academy Awards. But he is about to get a lot busier.
Producers at 20th Century Fox are eyeing Tatum, 33, to star in the remake of the 1955 musical comedy “Guys and Dolls” opposite fellow Hollywood heartthrob Joseph Gordon-Levitt of “Inception,” Deadline.com reported Wednesday.
The studio hasn’t signed on a writer or director for the remake, but the movie is currently in preproduction. The original film starred acting duo Marlon Brando and singing sensation Frank Sinatra.
Tatum wasn’t the only one to show off his Broadway performance skills at the Oscars; Gordon-Levitt also had a cameo singing and dancing beside the show’s host, Seth MacFarlane, and “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe.
"Guys and Dolls" isn't Tatum's only upcoming project. Director Phil Lord announced to Collider.com Tuesday that Tatum is set to star in the 2014 sequel, “21 Jump Street 2.” The 2012 blockbuster remake, “21 Jump Street,” grossed more than $200 million worldwide at the box office. Tatum’s former co-star, Jonah Hill, is also on board to reprise his role.
“It leads off where we ended the last film and our guys are going to college,” Lord said. The original film starred the duo as former childhood enemies working together as undercover cops posing as high school students.
“The relationship developed quite a bit in the first movie, and now we’re kind of in the marriage phase between the two guys. ... In certain ways, it’s kind of like the -Seven Year Itch' of police buddy comedies,” Lord said.
Tatum can be seen next in the drama “Foxcatcher” opposite Steve Carell; the film is based on the life story of multimillionaire schizophrenic John Du Point and his murder victim, Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz.