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Channing Tatum to help Jonah Hill bust crooks in 21 Jump Street

11.10.2010

Channing Tatum is not known for getting laughs. And least not intentionally. But the actor is in talks to star in one of the hottest upcoming comedies, 21 JUMP STREET. The film will star Jonah Hill and is from the directors of CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS and the writer of SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD. That's a pretty impressive comedic pedigree...so why cast Tatum, a guy who's perhaps as well known for his Abercrombie & Fitch modeling career as he is for STEP UP and GI JOE?

As it turns out, Tatum has a supporting role in the upcoming Ron Howard comedy THE DILEMMA and it seems he was good enough in that to convince the JUMP STREET team he's got the chops. And besides, the character, as written, is called both a "f*cking idiot" and a "f*cking retard" by Page 5 of the script. (This is not to say that Tatum is either an idiot or a retard, just that I buy him as a dopey, hot-headed cop.)

Tatum and Hill would play two 23-year-olds who have difficulty working undercover because of their youthful appearance. That leads them to the high school beat and 21 Jump Street.

Emma Stone had been in talks to join the film but it looks like her work in SPIDER-MAN will preclude her from joining this film (unless Sony decides to postpone JUMP STREET but that's unlikely).

Extra Tidbit: There's a great cameo for Eddie Vedder if he's up for it.
Source: Deadline

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