Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill Confiirmed for 21 Jump Street
12.02.10 by Ryan
Last month, Channing Tatum was rumored to be joining Jonah Hill in Columbia Pictures' upcoming remake of 21 Jump Street, and Columbia president Doug Belgrad has confirmed the casting, Deadline reports.
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 [directors] Phil [Lord] and Chris [Miller] (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) 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.
Based on the Fox TV show that ran from 1987 to 1991, the movie version of 21 Jump Street will likely also follow youthful-looking undercover cops who work in high school and colleges. Hill helped come up with the movie's story with screenwriter Michael Bacall, who penned the script. While Tatum's recent work in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and Dear John didn't exactly showcase a penchant for comedy (at least not intentionally), it was the actor's work in director Ron Howard's upcoming comedy The Dilemma that showed Tatum could handle comedy.
Hill's Superbad co-star Emma Stone was rumored to be up for a role in the movie, but her casting in Sony's Spider-Man reboot might make her too busy for a reunion with Hill. Prior to the Tatum rumor, Hill announced in November that he couldn't "say anything to the negative or the positive" regarding Stone's casting.