Yes, you heard that right. Channing Tatum will be playing Duke, leader of the G.I. Joes, in the upcoming “G.I. Joe” movie. So who the heck is Tatum? Hell if I know. Here’s what AICN, who broke the news, says about him: “…a 27 year old actor from Alabama.” Well I’m sure he’s more than that. He also played “Boy in church scene” in Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds”. Um.
Coming up – I’ve heard really strong word on his performance in Kimberly Peirce’s STOP LOSS, coming up this March 28th. He’s also headling a film with Terrence Howard and Luis Guzman for ROGUE PICTURES called FIGHTING. He’s a young actor that is on the rise. Now I figure the biggest complaint that’s coming is that he’s just 27 – and that Duke should be played by a more battle-tested aged badass.
Update: The Hollywood Reporter confirms the casting of Tatum; the role, they mention, was originally offered to Sam Worthington, who was too busy doing Cameron’s “Avatar” to play Duke.