Since George Clooney dropped out of Steven Soderbergh's The Man from U.N.C.L.E this past summer, the Academy Award-winning director has been looking at some high-profile young actors to fill Clooney's shoes.
Some of the names that Soderbergh was allegedly considering for the lead in the film included, Ryan Gosling, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Alexander Skarsgård, and, most recently, Bradley Cooper.
With Cooper passing on the opportunity earlier this month, however, according to Deadline, Soderbergh seems to have settled on a new choice for the spy film: actor Channing Tatum. Deadline notes that Soderbergh hasn't formally reached out to Tatum with an offer yet, but the actor does have previous experience with Soderbergh and a strong background in action films, so he is definitely a viable candidate for the role.
Tatum and Soderbergh recently worked together on the film, Magic Mike, which stars Channing Tatum as a veteran male stripper teaching the ropes to a new performer played by Alex Pettyfer. Tatum also has a role in Soderbergh's action-thriller Haywire. (Check out our video interview with Tatum and Haywire star Gina Carano.)
As I noted in a recent article about his film The Son of No One, I've never been particularly impressed by Channing Tatum as an actor, but there's no denying that the 31-year-old model-turned-actor has struck a chord in Hollywood. With a combination of lead roles in big blockbusters (G.I. Joe) and strong lead and supporting roles in a range of comedies, action films, and chick flicks, Tatum is certainly a rising star and would be an unsurprising pick for Soderbergh.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E has been in development for a while, but Steven Soderbergh has said in the past that he'd like to begin shooting the film by early 2012. Presumably, if Soderbergh wants to stay on that time table, he'll have to pick his lead soon, meaning you should check back often to Screen Rant for an official announcement on the casting.
If Soderbergh does choose Tatum for the part, will you still be interested in The Man from U.N.C.L.E?