Channing Tatum is taking a break from blowing things up to star in the real-life drama Foxcatcher. The movie is slated to hit theaters on December 20.
The film tells the true story of brothers Mark and Dave Schultz. Although the two would become Olympic champions, Dave would later die at the hands of paranoid schizophrenic John du Pont. Director Bennett Miller stepped behind the camera for the project.
Channing Tatum stars as Mark Schultz in the picture while The Avengers alum Mark Ruffalo will portray his brother Dave. Steve Carell will flex his considerable dramatic chops in the role of John du Pont. Early buzz suggests that someone out of this group could receive an Oscar nod.
The flick was originally scheduled to hit theaters courtesy of Columbia Pictures. According to a recent article at The Hollywood Reporter, the film has jumped to the studio’s Sony Pictures Classics arm. The label previously released such Oscar bait as Midnight in Paris and An Education.
Director Bennett Miller is certainly no stranger to acclaimed dramas. The filmmaker previously helmed such notable efforts as Moneyball and the Oscar-nominated biopic Capote. Several sources seem to think Foxcatcher could be another serious contender come awards season.
Although Tatum is known for such mindless endeavors as White House Down, 21 Jump Street, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, the guy has appeared in a number of memorable dramas. The Son of No One and Stop-Loss may not be as popular as his action movies, but it proves the guy is more than a one-note action hero.
Tatum is currently filming Andy and Lana Wachowski’s Jupiter Rising with Mila Kunis and Sean Bean. He’s also expected to reprise his role as Jenko is 22 Jump Street.
Are you looking forward to catching Channing Tatum in Foxcatcher? Do you think the actor has a shot at receiving an Academy Award nomination?