I announced a little over a week ago that Channing Tatum was up for the part of Duke in 2009′s ‘G.I. Joe’, and I just announced yesterday that Chan may be in 2009′s ‘Public Enemies’ with Johnny Depp.
Preparation has once again crossed paths with opportunity for this young up and comer. I can’t stop smiling right now, because I just learned that Channing has managed to land BOTH roles!!!!
Michael Mann Rounds Up ‘Enemies’
Cotillard joins Depp, Bale in crime drama
By MICHAEL FLEMING
Director Michael Mann has set Marion Cotillard to join Johnny Depp and Christian Bale in “Public Enemies.”
The Depression-era crime drama gets under way in Chicago on March 10 for Universal Pictures.
Channing Tatum, Giovanni Ribisi, Stephen Dorff and Jason Clarke are also joining the cast.
The Oscar-nominated “La Vie en rose” star Cotillard will play Billie Frechette, the lover of the country’s most notorious gangster, John Dillinger (Depp).
Tatum will play outlaw Pretty Boy Floyd, Ribisi will play Alvin Karpis, Dorff is near a deal to play Homer Van Meter, and Clarke will play John “Red” Hamilton. That quartet repped a Dillinger gang that knocked off banks all over the Midwest during the Depression.
Bale plays Melvin Purvis, who was tapped by FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover to lead a manhunt that established the FBI as the country’s first federal police force after the G-Men killed Dillinger outside the Biograph Theater in 1934.
The shooting script was written by Ronan Bennett, Ann Biderman and Mann. Mann will produce with Kevin Misher. Jane Rosenthal is exec producer.
U, Mann and Misher spent several years developing the film, which came together quickly after the postponement of Depp’s expected spring slot, the Warner Bros. drama “Shantaram.”
Cotillard is available because the Weinstein Co. postponed “Nine,” the Rob Marshall-directed musical she is still expected to star in with Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Sophia Loren. Moving that project forward was a key reason TWC signed an interim deal with the Writer’s Guild of America.
Tatum was available after United Artists halted the Oliver Stone-directed “Pinkville.” Ribisi has been shooting the James Cameron-directed “Avatar,” and Clarke most recently wrapped the Jada Pinkett Smith-directed “The Human Contract” as well as the Paul W.S. Anderson-directed “Death Race.”
As if that wasn’t exciting enough, Ain’t It Cool News just posted that we will learn from an official press release later today that Channing has also been awarded the coveted role of Duke in 2009′s G.I. Joe, Paramount Pictures’ live-action film based on the popular Hasbro action figures. I will post the information as soon as I can get it.
We already knew that this year was going to be incredible for Channing Tatum, but I can’t begin to explain how excited I am that Hollywood is really seeing the true talent that he is and is giving him his due so early in the game. I’m thinking I’m going to have to hire a staff pretty soon just to keep up with all of the moving and shaking this up and coming actor is doing. Honestly, I just feel really fortunate to be allowed to go along for the ride.
Congrats, Chan, on everything you have accomplished and everything that you have in store. I know this is just the beginning, and we all can’t wait to see what else you have up your sleeve!!!