Channing Tatum is on his way to being the next Sam Worthington a little bit faster than we all expected. The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog announced yesterday that Chan would be starring in Fox's "next 'Avatar'," a sci-fi romantic epic called "Ion." It's said to be about a "man who travels to different Earths and dimensions in order to find his reincarnated lover." That definitely doesn't sound like a pitch a studio would take in a pre-"Avatar" world.
It's no news that we are head over heels for Channing, no matter how good or bad the films he produces may be at any given time. Still, we're going to stack him up against Sam to see if he can (and hopefully will) replace the every-man action hero who has invaded our theaters over the past year.
THE ACTION HERO
Despite his role in the ill-received "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," Channing has never been known as an action hero. He's always been the really athletic guy that the girl falls for ("Step Up," "She's The Man," "Dear John"). Sam, on the other hand, only has action hero credentials. First there was "Terminator: Salvation," then "Avatar" and most recently "Clash of the Titans." We suggest Channing star in a few more action films if he wants to be a full-fledged Next Big Thing.
THE ROMANTIC HERO
On the flip side, Channing totally has the chops to pull off the romantic angle of "Ion." Pretty much all his starring roles have been romantic in some nature, so at least we know he works as a romantic lead. That's better than Sam can say, because none of his films are romantic and, if they are (like "Avatar"), we really couldn't care less. Channing's performance in "Ion" will largely depend on his chemistry with the female lead, though.
THE CRITIC'S HERO
Let's not kid ourselves, neither Channing nor Sam are going to be winning any awards for their acting abilities any time soon. What we mean by that is that they're no Nicholson, DeNiro or Denzel. Still, we'd have to say Channing definitely wins out in this contest, if only because Sam does not know how to get that Aussie accent out of his line delivery. They both have a lot to work on here, though.
THE SEXY HERO
There's not much to be said about this one: Channing Tatum is way sexier. Check out that bod! We'd pay to see him over Sam Worthington any day.
Do you think Channing will be the next big action star like Sam Worthington was this year? Who do you think would do a better job?