Sony has found their leading men for the big screen adaptation of the TV series “21 Jump Street.” According to a press release sent out by the studio Channing Tatum will headline the film, which confirms a report that initially surfaced in early November. Screenwriter and actor Jonah Hill has also been confirmed for his role in the feature, making for an unlikley partnership between the two.
The casting news was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures who said, “Jonah helped create a smart and funny vehicle that is tailor-made for him and Channing. They are a perfect duo for this film and Phil and Chris have a terrific, accessible take on the material. We love how this movie has come together and are very excited to begin production this spring.”
An early hit for Fox Broadcasting, “21 Jump Street” focused on young cops with youthful appearances who work undercover in high schools and colleges. The popular series starred Johnny Depp and several other young stars and hit home with the network’s key teen demographic from 1987-1991.
Speaking of the original “21 Jump Street” Depp has said in the past that he wouldn’t mind making a cameo in the movie if they asked him to. We hope they do! Can you imagine Hanson 20-plus years later, still playing a teeneger while in his mid-forties? Make it so!
What do you think of Tatum and Hill co-starring in 21 Jump Street?