Channing Tatum Elected to 'White House Down'

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Next stop for Channing Tatum: Washington, DC.

The "21 Jump Street" star has signed on to save 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. from evil with the lead role in "White House Down," according to Deadline.

The film has been described as "'Die Hard' in the White House" (say no more; we're there) as it focuses on a paramilitary takeover of the President's home. Tatum will play a Secret Service agent — and, we're guessing, America's Last Hope.

"White House Down" is being directed by Roland Emmerich, the Master of Disaster who allegedly destroyed the world for the last time in "2012" and has since moved on to exploring such tantalizing topics as whether or not Shakespeare actually wrote all those plays (gasp!). The script was written by James Vanderbilt, who also wrote this summer's "The Amazing Spider-Man".

This sounds like the film that could make Channing Tatum a bona fide action star after previous attempts at such ("G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," "The Eagle") have sputtered and failed. We know he can do romance ("The Vow") and comedy ("21 Jump Street"), but "Haywire" proved he's also potentially an action star of Bruce Willis proportions that's just waiting to spring forth. Send that man to the Capitol!

Channing Tatum will next be seen taking his clothes off a lot in Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" and reprising his role as Duke (for probably all of five minutes) in "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," both opening June 29.