We’ve known for months that Get Him to The Greek star Jonah Hill is keen to get a film version of 21 Jump Street— yes, the cop show that starred an impossibly-young-looking Johnny Depp– off the ground, but beyond the fact that the film would be a comedy, we haven’t heard much more about the project. Now word’s arrived that Hill wants Channing Tatum to take on the lead role, and…well, that’s pretty unexpected, isn’t it? Read on for the update, my gentle Examiner readers…
When you hear the words “21 Jump Street“, you automatically think “Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum”, right? Probably not, but you might very soon: Deadline’s reporting that Jonah Hill– who’s been shepherding his comedic version of the 80’s cop drama to the silver screen– acted alongside Tatum in a screen-test for the remake (re-imagining? Reboot? Oh, who gives a sh-t, it’s 21 Jump Street) and that Sony was pleased with the results.
Here’s what they’re saying about the pairing:
Channing Tatum has jumped to the top of the list for the lead of Sony Pictures’s 21 Jump Street. I’m told that Tatum will soon be in negotiations to star alongside Jonah Hill. Production will begin in the spring.
It doesn’t sound like the most obvious bit of casting in the world, but Hill and Tatum would– at the very least– make for an amusing-looking pair onscreen. Furthermore, we’re still not clear on what role(s) Hill or Tatum will be playing in the film, so it’s hard to determine whether or not either is “right” for the project. All we know is that it’s a comedic version of the 80’s series, that Hill wrote the script, and that Sony’s been trying to get it off the ground for the past few months. Oh, and that Tatum’s now involved.
Tatum is doing everything he can to establish himself in Hollywood, and this is just the latest in a series of projects that’s clearly meant to show that the actor isn’t just another pretty face: He’s also got a comedic role in The Dilemma coming up (but he also knows his strengths: he’ll be playing a skimpily-dressed Roman gladiator in The Eagle next year), and one could argue that his performance in G.I. Joe was a very sly attempt at parody. But probably not.
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