Channing Tatum Could Join Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’

By November 6, 2014
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As superhero films and blockbuster franchises continue their dominance in box offices around the world, things are only going to go further in that direction in 2015, which has a new sequel or massively anticipated movie slated to debut seemingly every weekend of the year. But there’s at least one wholly original film that’s coming out just over a year from now: Quentin Tarantino’s western, The Hateful Eight.

We’ve written a good bit about the film already on the site, chronicling how the script was leaked, QT got angry and said he wasn’t going to make the movie, then changed his mind and conducted a Live Read of an early draft of the script in Los Angeles. Filming is scheduled to begin early next year, and the film will hit theaters in December of 2015 (the unenviable time period that Star Wars The Force Awakens will undoubtedly be shredding box office records).

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Now Deadline reports that Channing Tatum is up for a major role in the movie, and though they don’t specify which role, it doesn’t matter at all to me: just the idea that Tarantino has his eye on Tatum for any part in one of his films is exciting, and it should be proof positive that Tatum has finally made a full career 180 from when he was making Step Up movies not too long ago. This is a guy who was ignored by many and even hated by a few, but through a series of great choices (proving he could excel at comedy with the Jump Street movies), he’s gone from humble beginnings to working with the freakin’ Coen Brothers.

So if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to be spending the rest of the morning singing, “I’m Gonna Channing All Over Your Tatum.”

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