Play 'Hail to the Chief' For Jamie Foxx in 'White House Down'

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Amid a troubled economy and armed conflict overseas, one leader of the free world can offer citizens of the United States a "Ray" of hope: Jamie Foxx.

As if yesterday's trailer for "Django Unchained" wasn't enough to prove that Foxx is back in the big time, Deadline is reporting that he will play the President in disaster movie master Roland Emmerich's "White House Down," described tantalizingly as "Die Hard" at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The script, which sold for a reported $3 million to Sony, is by James Vanderbilt, who penned this summer's "The Amazing Spider-Man" as well as "Zodiac."

Foxx will be joining Hunk Of The Month Club honoree Channing Tatum, who plays the secret service dude who's the last hope of saving the POTUS from some evil paramilitary terrorists, very likely foreign ones with machine guns shouting gibberish to weird-sounding santur music.

That's almost too much conflict to contend with already, but it's also being reported that Foxx's "Law Abiding Citizen" co-star Gerard Butler may be lining up a competing project titled "White House Taken." Sounds like some armed guys might have kidnapped Vanderbilt's script.

Not that the concept for "White House Down" itself is all that original, essentially being "Air Force One" without seat belts or airline peanuts. Production is eyeing a summer start so, given Emmerich's penchant for destruction, expect to see a teaser trailer showing the Rose Garden exploding by Christmas.