While there's still no word if Johnny Depp will step in front of the camera when production on "21 Jump Street" kicks off in the spring of 2011, it's looking like co-writer/star Jonah Hill might have found his "Jump Street" co-star in Channing Tatum. Deadline New York reported that Tatum is at the top of Sony's wish list to play the lead character and that he will soon be entering negotiations to sign on to the project. According to the Deadline report, Sony auditioned a number of actors for the role but Hill and Tatum "matched up well."

Neither Tatum's nor Hill's reps responded to MTV News' request for comment as of press time. The "21 Jump Street" casting story we've been keeping an eye on since early in 2008 has been whether or not Depp will pop up for a cameo in the big-screen adaptation, possibly reprising the TV role that launched him toward superstardom in the late '80s.

We've asked Hill countless times about the potential Depp cameo, as well directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. We even asked Depp himself, who said, "If we find the right thing to do, it could be very funny."

As for the rumors that "Zombieland" star Emma Stone will also star in "Jump Street," Hill told us recently, "I can't say anything to the negative or the positive of that. I think we'll have some cool casting announcements to make very, very soon." And what about Depp? "Hopefully, he does it. It would be awesome if he did it," Hill said, adding with a smile, "Just do it, dude. Don't be an a--hole. Just be in the movie."