Dear John and Step Up star (and Hollywood heartthrob), Channing Tatum, is set to star in and produce The Contortionist's Handbook. In this big screen adaptation of Craig Clevenger's novel of the same name — first published in 2002 — Tatum will play an identity-changing forger whose life is turned upside down when he meets a mysterious woman with a secret of her own.
The 30-year-old actor currently has a number of movie projects in production, including Haywire and The Dilemma, both due for a theater release in 2011. After romantic hit Dear John raked in an impressive $112 million dollars worldwide, Tatum is no stranger to box office success, though this new project isn't likely to appeal to his hordes of female fans.
Production on The Contortionist's Handbook is due to start next year, and will be produced by Tim Williams, Sidney Kimmel, Sriram Das and John Penotti. Tatum and Reid Carolin will also co-produce.