Much like his Magic Mike co-star Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum has experienced something of a career renaissance over the past few years. Spending his early days in Hollywood starring in movies like Coach Carter, She’s The Man, and Step Up, Tatum surprised everyone when he proved he could open a movie when The Vow made over $40 million during its opening weekend back in 2012. 21 Jump Street proved he had solid comedy chops, and since then it’s been off to the races for him.
He’s worked with high quality directors before – Steven Soderbergh, The Wachowskis, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Bennett Miller, Michael Mann – but if this latest report turns out to be true, he’ll be able to add an insanely talented duo to his list of collaborators. THR reports that Tatum, Tilda Swinton, and Ralph Fiennes are in talks to star in Hail Caesar!, the new movie that will be written and directed by the Coen Brothers. George Clooney and Josh Brolin are already on board.
Hail Caesar! (which recently added that exclamation point to its title) is a Hollywood-inspired period piece that takes place in the 1950s and follows a Hollywood fixer who works for the film studios and protects the reputations of the biggest actors in the world. Clooney will presumably be playing the fixer, while Tatum will play “a Gene Kelly-type star,” Fiennes would play director Laurence Lorenz, and Swinton taking the role of a powerful Hollywood gossip columnist.
Fiennes recently did fantastic work in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, while his co-star in that film, Tilda Swinton, has been getting rave reviews for her performance in Bong Joon-ho’s new film Snowpiercer. It should be fun to see who else the Coens can pull in to play small parts in this old-Hollywood style film, and if their past work is any indication, we’ll likely be seeing a lot more big names come on board before all is said and done.
Are you looking forward to seeing Hail Caesar! as much as we are?
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