Channing Tatum, who is enjoying box office success with his most recent film “22 Jump Street,” is in talks to join the cast of “Hail Caesar” from the Coen brothers (“Inside Llewyn Davis”). Read on to learn more about Channing Tatum and “Hail Caesar.”
According to Variety, Universal and Working Title Films under Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan will produce “Hail Caesar,” while the Coen brothers will be writing and directing the original screenplay. The film will be set in the 1950s, and it will focus on a fixer who protects Hollywood stars. If negotiations will go well, Channing Tatum will be joining an ensemble cast that already includes George Clooney (“Gravity”) and Josh Brolin (“No Country For Old Men”). Also being considered to join the cast along with Tatum are Tilda Swinton (“Snowpiercer”) and Ralph Fiennes (“Harry Potter”).
Tatum has made a mark in Hollywood for playing action hero type characters with a flair for comedy, which he has displayed in films like “ White House Down” and the rebooted “21 Jump Street” movie. The actor has also tried his hand at producing, collaborating with Steven Soderbergh (“Ocean’s Twelve”) in 2012 for “Magic Mike,” a film that was based on Tatum’s experience as an exotic dancer before becoming a famous international actor.
Deadline describes “Hail Caesar!” as a comedy involving Eddie Mannix, which may be loosely based on a real person who has worked as a Hollywood executive. Deadline also notes that fixers were not unusual in the 1950s as stars and studios relied on them to protect their assets and keep their public image clean. Fixers sometimes take care of the situation at whatever cost, especially when stars become embroiled in scandalous romance, police arrests, domestic problems, DUIs and other similar delinquencies.
This latest Coen brothers project follows their last critically acclaimed movie “Inside Llewyn Davis.” The duo has also won writing and directing awards for “No Country For Old Men” in 2007.
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