Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Channing Tatum’s action-revenge spy thriller Haywire (previously called ‘Knockout‘) has changed domestic distributors and is now set for a January 20, 2012 release via Relativity Media.

Haywire‘ is an electrifying tale of espionage and betrayal where a female covert ops specialist (played by Mixed martial arts superstar Gina Carano), who works in the deadly world of international operatives, strikes back after discovering she’s been double-crossed by someone close to her in the agency.

She’s betrayed by her team and goes rogue in an attempt to figure out who’s setting her up. While everyone is on the same side initially, the film supposedly features a lot of duplicity, double crosses, and reversals of allegiances.

Chan (who filmed his role in Barcelona, Spain and New Mexico in February and March of 2010) will play one of the elite specialists on Carano’s team. His character is a military gearhead-type who’s sent to try and bring her back in once she’s been double-crossed.

The incredible supporting cast also includes Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, and Michael Angarano. Fassbender reportedly plays an untrustworthy teammate, while Douglas ultimately proves to be an ally. McGregor, the owner of the Blackwater-type special ops team (and once a romantic interest to Carano), is instrumental in trying to make her character, Mallory Kane, take the fall for an incident that goes wrong and involves a murder.

The first quarter of 2012 is going to be extremely busy for Chan, because he’ll have three different movies in theaters…the romantic drama ‘The Vow‘ with Rachel McAdams (February 10, 2012) and his comedy ‘21 Jump Street‘ with Jonah Hill (March 16, 2012), in addition to the afore-mentioned ‘Haywire‘ (January 20, 2012).


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