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Channing Tatum reportedly to play Evel Knievel in biopic

Posted by Glenn Yoder  July 11, 2012 11:38 AM

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Last month, Channing Tatum gave a glimpse into his own past as a stripper in the semi-autobiographical "Magic Mike." Now, he's in negotiations to bring the life of famed daredevil Evel Knievel to the big screen, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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Tatum on June 24.
Not only will Tatum jump on a motorcycle to play the lead role, he's producing alongside the duo who won the "Fifty Shades of Grey" sweepstakes, Mike DeLuca and Dana Brunetti. This isn't the first film about the world record holder for most broken bones in a lifetime -- Knievel has been portrayed by George Hamilton and the late stuntman himself. This version will be adapted from Stuart Barker's 2008 book "Life of Evel."

This year has been Tatum's coming out party, as he's shown range beyond action movies and teenybopper tearjerkers, including the comedy "21 Jump Street" and "Magic Mike."

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