From freed slave turned bounty hunter, all the way to President of the United States – Jamie Foxx is certainly taking advantage of the variety of acting roles coming his way. Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained hits theaters this Christmas (where Foxx plays the titular freed slave), then he is set to star in thriller White House Down, one of two competing projects being described as “Die Hard in the White House.”
The role will see the star climbing all the way to the top of American society, and so far this version of the premise seems to be the most promising, with Channing Tatum already attached to star alongside Foxx.
White House Down comes from director Roland Emmerich and writer James Vanderbilt (Zodiac), and centers around an agent (Tatum) who has been called upon to save the day when paramilitary forces take over 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Tatum’s character has previously been described as a single parent, but all we know about Foxx’s is that, obviously, he’s the President of the United States.
Sony was quick off the mark getting this project together, after having acquired the spec script in March for around $3 million. So far they’re planning a summer start for White House Down, with a November 1, 2013 release date already marked on the calendar.
And considering the fact that Django Unchained is still shooting, it sounds like Foxx won’t get much of a break between projects – busy boy. Isn’t it great to be in demand?
It actually sounds like Sony has been in a bit of a race against the similarly-themed project brewing at Millennium Entertainment, so that probably explains their hurry. Last we heard, Antoine Fuqua was in talks to direct that one, with Gerard Butler attached to play a former Secret Service agent who’s called back into duty when terrorists take over the White House. Supposedly also aimed for a summer start, it’s now possible that it will just end up getting scrapped.
Which version would you prefer to see? Will Foxx make a good (fictional) US president?