In a press release, Columbia Pictures announced that Channing Tatum is indeed co-starring alongside Hill in what they’re describing as “a contemporary motion picture adaptation of ’21 Jump Street.'” Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are co-directing from a screenplay by Michael Bacall based on a treatment by himself and Hill.
“Jonah helped create a smart and funny vehicle that is tailor-made for him and Channing,” said Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures. “They are a perfect duo for this film and Phil and Chris have a terrific, accessible take on the material. We love how this movie has come together and are very excited to begin production this spring.”
Hill’s participation was a given, and Tatum’s had been rumored for quite some time now, but this is the first official word that both actors would appear in leading roles in the “Jump Street” revival. Sadly, there’s still no official word on whether or not original “Jump Street” cast member Johnny Depp has accepted Hill’s offer to appear in the film, but the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star does get name checked in Columbia’s press release. Granted, he was the biggest star to come from the 1980s cop soap, but perhaps it’s a subtle attempt to reignite Depp’s interest?
Either way, we’ve now got two names officially official on the drawing board. What do you think of the casting so far? Let us know in the comments section and on Twitter!