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Channing Tatum is quickly proving to Hollywood that he's more than just a pretty set of abs.
Tatum made his name with guilty pleasure dance-off films "Step Up" and its sequel (alas, not the one in 3D!) and dude-friendly actioners like "G. I. Joe" and "The Eagle," with a smidge of teary romance thrown in for good measure with "Dear John." Now he's racking up major buzz with small dramas like "The Son of No One" and "The Vow" coming soon alongside "21 Jump Street," and Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh's film "Magic Mike," based on Tatum's own experiences as a male exotic dancer.
The rumor on the streets -- well, the streets of Hollywood, anyway -- is that Tatum could really break into the world of Serious Actordom with a project in development by "Moneyball" director Bennett Miller. The L.A. Times reports that Tatum is in "in talks" to costar in "Foxcatcher," a drama about the du Pont heir who murdered world champion wrestler Dave Schultz in 1996. Variety reported last month that Carell had been cast in the role of John E. duPont.
Although the role of Schultz sounds like a typical Tatum joint, the weight of the story and the prestigious team behind the movie could give him the boost he could use to break into more serious movies.
The real-life du Pont, who died last year in prison, was a huge sponsor of professional athletes, but had some sort of breakdown and killed the Olympic medal-winner. According to his obituary, du Pont "built a $600,000 training center for pentathletes, swimmers and wrestlers, who competed under his sponsorship as Team Foxcatcher." If he signs on, the "Crazy, Stupid, Love" Carell will get to show off his more serious side, too.
There ain't nothing wrong with making big, fun movies, but the notoriously charming Tatum obviously has his sights set higher and the chops to make it work. There must be a reason the ever-so-selective Miller has his eye set on him for a starring role.