Channing Tatum Is Top Contender To Lead ’21 Jump Street’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 1:10 am,

Hollywood is clearly on a mission to leave no ’80s movie and TV property alone (See: Fright Night). Just one of the many new examples of ’80s properties making a comeback is a big-screen version of the late ’80s TV series, 21 Jump Street.

Superbad star Jonah Hill helped hatch the story for the new 21 Jump Street alongside script writer Michael Bacall. Hill is also set to star in one of the two lead roles, but there’s another lead role to fill and it’s being reported that Channing Tatum is now the top contender for that part.

According to Deadline, Tatum has jumped to the very top of Sony’s wishlist for 21 Jump Street and will soon enter into negotiations. The studio met with lots of potential leading actors, but Tatum and Hill are said to have matched up well – certainly well enough that the studio would start getting serious about casting Tatum.

Both Tatum and Hill are a couple of those actors who can play a lot younger than they actually are (Tatum is 30, Hill is 26). This will definitely come in handy for 21 Jump Street a film about cops who go undercover in high school to fight and solve crimes. Tatum isn’t the greatest actor, but it’s too early to tell if strong acting chops is really what 21 Jump Street will be about (somehow I doubt it will be).

The original 21 Jump Street series launched the career of Hollywood A-lister Johnny Depp, one of the few stars who successfully made the jump from TV to movies. Hill has previously stated he wants Depp to have a role in the new version – wouldn’t that be a dream come true for those who have been fans of Depp from the beginning? icon razz Channing Tatum Is Top Contender To Lead 21 Jump Street

Along with Tatum, Hill’s Superbad co-star Emma Stone was previously reported as being up for the lead female role. There’s still no official word of her casting, as she was on a list which also included Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland), Lilli Collins and Teresa Palmer (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice). However, I think Stone would be the best choice, not just because of her recent high-school role in Easy A but also because of the exposure she’ll be getting for starring as Gwen Stacy in the Spider-Man reboot.

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Emma Stone with Jonah Hill in ‘Superbad’

21 Jump Street is being directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the guys behind the hit animated film Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Whether that’s indicative that the tone of the new Jump Street will be more silly than serious, I’m not sure. We could be looking at a more hardcore version, though, as Hill has previously said he wants it to be an, “R-rated, insane, Bad Boys-meets-John-Hughes-type movie.” Would you prefer the new 21 Jump Street to be serious or tongue-in-cheek (or somewhere in between)?

21 Jump Street is aiming to start shooting next March, with a release date slated for March 16, 2012.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Ok here is my comment….

  2. Don’t know how much longer Tatum can qualify for younger roles with his hair receding.

    • I don’t know why Jonah Hill continues to get work…

  3. Garbage.

  4. I’m still amazed that he and megan fox keep getting roles. They’re those kind of people who just stand there looking sexy and not talk. Words are not needed ms fox and mr tatum.

  5. Tatum is and looks too old. The characters were cops who were in their early 20s who could pass for teenagers. He is neither.

  6. Pfft. Emma Stone is overexposed and Mia Wasikowska is too talented to appear in this mishmash (plus, having to play alongside Jonah Hill is a notch down on the totem pole).

    Why they’re even bothering with this project is beyond comprehension, seeing that Depp was pretty much the only reason people tuned into the show every week. I was in my early teens when it was on the air and there was nothing great about it.