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Channing Tatum will play He-Man in Masters of the Universe 3D!

Apr. 1, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Director Jon M. Chu has found his Prince Adam and he didn't have to look further than his own filmography. Channing Tatum, who worked with Chu on the first two STEP UP films as well as this year's G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, will play the one and only He-Man in the remake of MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE. That's right, not only will Tatum be forever linked with one 1980s childhood toy but two. Chu, whose G.I. JOE: RETALIATION faced a huge delay from Summer 2012 to March 2013, is hoping to take a contemporary spin on the MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE mythology, but keep all of the classic aspects of the cartoon intact.

Tatum obviously possesses the physical presence to portray He-Man and has proven the box office clout with his successes in theaters last year. While the original G.I. JOE movie was panned by fans, one of the bright spots was Tatum's take on Duke. With RETALIATION opening this weekend to $40 million, it seemed the ideal moment for the studio to capitalize on Chu and Tatum and reveal this next project.

The plot of the film has not been revealed until now. The press release indicates that the film is now officially titled MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE 3D and will tell the story of Prince Adam (Tatum), son of King Randor of Eternia. When the King is overthrown by his trusted advisor Skeletor, Prince Adam is cast off to the wastelands of the planet along with his sister Adora, his mentor Duncan, and his childhood friend Teela. Together, the siblings encounter a mythical sorceress who shows them the power of Castle Greyskull, the mystical center of the planet. With the Sword of Power, Adam will become He-Man, the Master of the Universe!

That's right people, Adora! That means that not only will MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE 3D feature He-Man, but She-Ra as well! It is not a stretch to imagine that they are going to go for a franchise with this movie and set up a possible spinoff for He-Man's sister. In keeping with recent comments from Chu, this is not going to be a cheezy cartoon adaptation but something darker, hopefully more like G.I. JOE: RETALIATION.

According to the studio press release, Channing Tatum had this to say about taking the iconic role:,

"It brings me back to my youth and I knew I had to be a part of getting this movie together. For every MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE fan out there, it felt like it was time and I wanted to make sure to protect it in the process."

Chu also added this:

"I never expected to connect on a human level to a MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE movie but I really plugged in emotionally. That alone, got me excited to see what we could do with the property. Chan is the ideal choice for the role and will show audiences that he has the power!"

No additional casting has been announced yet, but Chu has mentioned the posibility of bringing Dolph Lundgren back. While there may not be a direct way to tie the 1987 original with this new remake, theories have Lundgren playing King Randor.

Richard Wenk's draft of the screenplay is said to keep many of the classic characters intact and does not relocate the action from Eternia to our world as the original movie did. Keeping the movie a science fiction/fantasy epic will set it apart from other franchises. Chu is looking to shoot the film entirely in 3D with the potential to incorporate IMAX footage as well. All the more better to visualize Castle Greyskull and Snake Mountain on the big screen.

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE 3D starring Channing Tatum will open everywhere on April 1, 2015. Visit Deadline.com for more info and pics.

Source: Deadline

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6:44AM on 04/01/2013

I'm still waiting

For someone to call 'APRIL' fools on the whole TMNT debacle.
For someone to call 'APRIL' fools on the whole TMNT debacle.
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12:18AM on 04/01/2013
Ha ha. But seriously, a Dolph cameo is a neat idea.
Ha ha. But seriously, a Dolph cameo is a neat idea.
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1:15AM on 04/01/2013

LOL

Every year it is well played and this was awesome, But the Ei8ht one a few years ago killed me
Every year it is well played and this was awesome, But the Ei8ht one a few years ago killed me
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12:17AM on 04/01/2013
Honestly? Predictable, posted a lil to soon after midnight....
Honestly? Predictable, posted a lil to soon after midnight....
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12:32PM on 04/01/2013
Thing is...I could see it.
Thing is...I could see it.
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9:07AM on 04/01/2013

Ha!

Well, you fooled me... I totally bought into it until I read the comments section followed by a good dose of face-palming...
Well, you fooled me... I totally bought into it until I read the comments section followed by a good dose of face-palming...
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7:44AM on 04/01/2013

LOL.

Good one.
Good one.
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12:18AM on 04/01/2013
So April Fool's?
So April Fool's?
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6:38AM on 04/01/2013
Every year i anticipate what you April Fools article will be. I still remember falling hook line and sinker for the Jake Gyllenhaal would be taking over as Spiderman from Tobey Maguire
Every year i anticipate what you April Fools article will be. I still remember falling hook line and sinker for the Jake Gyllenhaal would be taking over as Spiderman from Tobey Maguire
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1:55AM on 04/01/2013
Even though I know this is an April Fool's thing, I actually could buy this if they did it for real.
Even though I know this is an April Fool's thing, I actually could buy this if they did it for real.
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12:23AM on 04/01/2013
I was kind of intrigued until I realized it was an April Fool's gag.
I was kind of intrigued until I realized it was an April Fool's gag.
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12:20AM on 04/01/2013

This would be awesome

If it was true...
If it was true...
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8:50AM on 04/01/2013
By reading the comments, I guess we see which schmoes actually check the source that is handed to them and which ones believe whatever they read on the internet.
By reading the comments, I guess we see which schmoes actually check the source that is handed to them and which ones believe whatever they read on the internet.
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1:11PM on 04/01/2013
The only April Fools article the ever got me was the one where Brad Pitt was going to quit acting after Inglorious Basterds was released, every other one has been a good laugh!
The only April Fools article the ever got me was the one where Brad Pitt was going to quit acting after Inglorious Basterds was released, every other one has been a good laugh!
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7:58AM on 04/01/2013
I've also heard that Brandon DiCamillo will be playing Skeletor
I've also heard that Brandon DiCamillo will be playing Skeletor
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2:03AM on 04/01/2013

Ha ha ha!

Nice one, Alex. I applaud you.
Nice one, Alex. I applaud you.
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1:05AM on 04/01/2013
Who woulda thunk you couldn't trust a guy named Skeletor?
Who woulda thunk you couldn't trust a guy named Skeletor?
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1:13AM on 04/01/2013
yeah well Treacheron turned out to be trust worthy and i didn`t see that one coming
yeah well Treacheron turned out to be trust worthy and i didn`t see that one coming
12:20AM on 04/01/2013
April fools joke?

Kinda sad if it is cause of how easily this could be a reality. Is Hollywood ever going to stop forcing Channing Tatum on me?
April fools joke?

Kinda sad if it is cause of how easily this could be a reality. Is Hollywood ever going to stop forcing Channing Tatum on me?
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12:18AM on 04/01/2013
April Fools Day gag, This looks like! Fooled I was not, by this hehe :D
April Fools Day gag, This looks like! Fooled I was not, by this hehe :D
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9:53AM on 04/01/2013
While I got on here specifically to see what your April Fools article was, this one felt almost authentic (even if it felt more like a pitch than a report), until it got to the quotes. Actors and filmmakers just aren't usually so articulate in adressing the very concerns of fans.

As someone who grew up kind of hating He-Man (the character at least, I was all about Skeletor), I wouldn't be gainst this if it were true. Not because I think Channing Tatum is the best fans deserve, but from what
While I got on here specifically to see what your April Fools article was, this one felt almost authentic (even if it felt more like a pitch than a report), until it got to the quotes. Actors and filmmakers just aren't usually so articulate in adressing the very concerns of fans.

As someone who grew up kind of hating He-Man (the character at least, I was all about Skeletor), I wouldn't be gainst this if it were true. Not because I think Channing Tatum is the best fans deserve, but from what I remember, it's a pretty campy property, and while some may disagree, I don't think it deserves the Lord of the RIngs treatment.
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6:54AM on 04/01/2013

Well done guys

My house this morning

"Hey that guy you fancy is playing he-man"
"What?"
(I notice April fools)
"Oh nothing"
My house this morning

"Hey that guy you fancy is playing he-man"
"What?"
(I notice April fools)
"Oh nothing"
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1:24AM on 04/01/2013
Let the April Fool's jokes commence!!
Let the April Fool's jokes commence!!
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1:48AM on 04/01/2013
All there is to say is [link]

Bravo! All those bits and bobs from the "press release" are pretty well crafted and were fun to read.

But I honestly thought the gag would be related to the new Star Wars, or Justice League.
All there is to say is [link]

Bravo! All those bits and bobs from the "press release" are pretty well crafted and were fun to read.

But I honestly thought the gag would be related to the new Star Wars, or Justice League.
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1:08AM on 04/01/2013

Tatum has the presence to protray He-Man

HAHAHAHA, dude is a twig compared to the character. But then again, it is April Fools on the East Coast....
HAHAHAHA, dude is a twig compared to the character. But then again, it is April Fools on the East Coast....
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5:48AM on 04/01/2013
well almost fell for it until you see the words April Fools Day as a tag. though I could see this actually happening since they have worked together before.
well almost fell for it until you see the words April Fools Day as a tag. though I could see this actually happening since they have worked together before.
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5:34AM on 04/01/2013
A joke perhaps, but Tatum would look lovely with a blond bob hairstyle.
A joke perhaps, but Tatum would look lovely with a blond bob hairstyle.
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1:10AM on 04/01/2013

eh

I never really watched he man growing up so i can`t judge this but i hope it turns out favorably for he man fans he did ride on a giant battle tiger though am i right ?lol i didn`t think about it being April fools day this does seem like a strong possibility though cause we`ve heard news on a he man movie before
I never really watched he man growing up so i can`t judge this but i hope it turns out favorably for he man fans he did ride on a giant battle tiger though am i right ?lol i didn`t think about it being April fools day this does seem like a strong possibility though cause we`ve heard news on a he man movie before
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1:45AM on 04/01/2013
Please let this truly be an april fools joke
Please let this truly be an april fools joke
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5:36AM on 04/01/2013

Too obvious

It was obvious from the start that this was the april fools joke article. It was written completely different than regular "real" articles. I take it Alex is generally a good person as it seems making things up is not a strong point for him.
It was obvious from the start that this was the april fools joke article. It was written completely different than regular "real" articles. I take it Alex is generally a good person as it seems making things up is not a strong point for him.
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4:35PM on 04/01/2013

Yeah, right.

If it were true it would be career suicide.

If it were true it would be career suicide.

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8:32AM on 04/01/2013

What's the day today ?

Despite being an April Fools, this COULD be a nice idea...
Despite being an April Fools, this COULD be a nice idea...
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9:58AM on 04/01/2013
Lame April Fool's gag.
Lame April Fool's gag.
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9:26AM on 04/01/2013

April 1, 2015

Really? Cmon don't think we're stupid, thats a wednesday not a friday.
Really? Cmon don't think we're stupid, thats a wednesday not a friday.
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9:47AM on 04/01/2013
Oh, right, because they never premier big movies on a Wednesday.
Oh, right, because they never premier big movies on a Wednesday.
9:59AM on 04/01/2013
Yea only in the summer or winter, never the spring, don't reply unless you can say something useful
Yea only in the summer or winter, never the spring, don't reply unless you can say something useful
11:34AM on 04/01/2013
You're retarded. It's the Annual Joblo April Fool's Post. That's useful.
You're retarded. It's the Annual Joblo April Fool's Post. That's useful.
11:52AM on 04/01/2013
Good thing you noticed what day of the week that was, otherwise you never would have figured it out.
Good thing you noticed what day of the week that was, otherwise you never would have figured it out.
1:52PM on 04/01/2013
Hey. Its spring. Gi joe came out Wednesday. Just sayin
Hey. Its spring. Gi joe came out Wednesday. Just sayin
6:53AM on 04/01/2013
If this is April Fool's Day Joke, good one. If not, Tatum is a surprise choice but a welcoming choice, nonetheless.
If this is April Fool's Day Joke, good one. If not, Tatum is a surprise choice but a welcoming choice, nonetheless.
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12:30AM on 04/01/2013

Awful

Tatum is absolutely the worst choice to play He-Man. He has zero presence on the screen in action films and his acting ability is sparse at best. If Tatum plays He-Man, I'll pass on seeing it in theaters.
Tatum is absolutely the worst choice to play He-Man. He has zero presence on the screen in action films and his acting ability is sparse at best. If Tatum plays He-Man, I'll pass on seeing it in theaters.
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12:08PM on 04/01/2013
April fools or not, do we really need a He-Man movie?
April fools or not, do we really need a He-Man movie?
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