Channing Tatum's Busy Schedule and Anticipated Roles

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Veteran stripper Magic Mike (Channing Tatum) teaches a new stripper (Alex Pettyfer) about the occupation. They work at the club Xquisite, which is owned by a former stripper named Dallas (Matthew McConaughey). Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the comedy film is based on Tatum's real-life experience as a stripper in Tampa, Florida when he was 19 years old.
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November 15th, 2013

Channing Tatum's Busy Schedule and Anticipated Roles

Channing Tatum is one Hollywood actor who has landed on everyone's radar in recent years. Whether he's baring it all in the infamous girls'-night-out film "Magic Mike" or getting serious with his role as the tragic love interest in "Dear John," this young actor came out of nowhere to achieve a meteoric rise to fame. Now at the top of everyone's go-to list for chiseled male leads, Channing Tatum has his entire career ahead of him and an illustrious yet condensed resume in his past.

In 2012, Channing Tatum made his first foray into the world of comedy with "21 Jump Street." The remake of a classic television series won critical acclaim and even more elusive acceptance from fans of the original series. As "Dark Shadows" found out, it is nearly impossible to please fans of a classic television series with a modern film remake. Tatum and his costar Jonah Hill managed to do just that, translating all the beloved aspects of the buddy cop duo that made the series such a success while putting their own modern twist on the script. After "21 Jump Street," Tatum took on the title role in "Magic Mike." That movie tells the story of a male dancer who is growing tired of his illustrious career in the nightclub scene. Mike takes a younger dancer under his wing and falls in love with the young man's sister, causing plenty of drama when he makes a move to get out of the industry and start his own business. Needless to say, Tatum's regular fans rejoiced over the scandalous role and the chance to see the actor's chiseled physique on display throughout the film.

In 2013, Tatum took on a much more serious role in "White House Down." In the film, Tatum stars opposite legendary comedy and drama actor Jamie Foxx. Tatum plays John Cale, a talented young policeman and father who has just been turned down for his dream job as a Secret Service agent protecting the president. Jamie Foxx plays President Sawyer, the man Cale would have been protecting. Cale's young daughter was eagerly awaiting their move to the Capitol City, and Cale decides to take her on a field trip to the White House even though he didn't get the job. While they are taking a tour, the White House is besieged by a heavily armed group of invaders. Cale is forced to take on the job he was turned down for and save not only the president but his own young daughter as well. It's no surprise that Channing Tatum was chosen for the role as Cale, since he possesses not only the classic action hero looks but also the demeanor. Tatum performs most of his own stunts and seems to be more than eager to establish his reputation as an action movie star.

Another one of Tatum's most anticipated upcoming career moves is a reprisal of his role as Jenko in the 2014 sequel to "21 Jump Street." Although much remains unknown about the film, which is still in its early filming stages, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have confirmed the basic storyline. Jenko and Schmidt will be going undercover once again at a local college, where they will investigate a mysterious crime. The film promises to deliver plenty of college antics, and rumor has it that at least one of the dynamic buddy cop duo will be joining a fraternity. Tatum's performance in "21 Jump Street" is often considered to be one of his best. Although initial expectations for the film were low, Tatum and Hill blew critics out of the water with their hilarious and surprisingly heartwarming performances as these two beloved characters. Fortunately, fans know enough this time around to be eagerly awaiting the film and Tatum's starring role.

After "22 Jump Street," Channing Tatum is set to lend his voice to the male lead in the 2014 animated film "The Book of Life." Almost nothing is known about this film, as it's still in the early stages of the production process, but Tatum will be voicing a character inspired by Romeo from the classic Shakespearean play. The entire film is said to loosely follow the premise of "Romeo and Juliet," and Tatum's romantic interest will be voiced by the talented Zoe Saldana. With such a prominent pair of actors portraying the main characters, "The Book of Life" holds plenty of promise for fans of the animated film genre. One thing is certain as Channing Tatum's career continues to take off, and that is his willingness to try new things and test his limits as an actor.