Jamie Foxx and Maggie Gyllenhaal May Rescue a Wooden Channing Tatum in ‘White House Down’

We’ve known for a while that Channing Tatum was going to play a heroic Secret Service agent who protects the President during an attack on the White House in Roland Emmerich’s upcoming action film White House Down. It’s been a scary proposition to think about, because everybody knows that action star Channing Tatum is the worst Channing Tatum you can get. He’s much better when he’s being funny or dancing, which doesn’t sound like things he’s going to get much of a chance to do in a movie that keeps getting described as “Die Hard in the White House.” Unfortunately, this movie may be giving us the return of the dreaded Wooden Channing Tatum.

Some new casting rumors introduce new promise to the production, however. While watching Tatum try to pull off stalwart and stern for two hours is likely to be a chore, his supporting cast just may end up being talented enough to pull him through this one unscathed. First off, Variety has a report that Jamie Foxx is in negotiations to play the President that Tatum is going to be protecting. Barring the casting of Barack Obama himself, Foxx is about the most charismatic man I can think of who could be put into the role of a movie President and pull it off believably, so that’s promising news right there.

And adding to this newfound optimism surrounding the film comes Heat Vision’s report that Maggie Gyllenhaal is also in negotiations to join the cast. It’s said that she’s up for the role of another Secret Service agent assigned to duty on the President; this one being described as quite the patriot. If you want to up the acting pedigree on a film that has a lead with a shaky history when working in the action genre, then casting people like Jamie Foxx and Maggie Gyllenhaal is a damn good start towards that goal.

Now let’s hope that they forget they’re in a Roland Emmerich movie and actually give good performances.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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