Yeah, me neither.
In the course of one year, Channing Tatum went from Hollywood eye candy to bona fide superstar actor without breaking a sweat. After years of suffering through streamlined blockbusters like the Step Up franchise and G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra, Tatum began to show his talents as both a great comedic actor and a dramatic superstar. In 2012, 21 Jump Street proved that he could stand with the giants of modern comedy and produce something spectacular, while his partnership with Steven Soderbergh produced fascinating features like Haywire, Side Effects (which hit a year later in 2013) and the box office smash Magic Mike. In the years since, Tatum has done a good mix of everything and he's done it well. He worked with Bennett Miller on Foxcatcher, delivering one of his finest performances. He starred in 22 Jump Street, one of the sharpest, funniest comedy sequels in recent memory. And he snagged small roles in great films from iconic directors, like Tarantino's The Hateful Eight and the Coens' Hail, Caesar! I'm convinced that this guy can do anything. With his third round in the Jump Street universe on the horizon and Gambit delayed indefinitely, Tatum now has the chance to take another fun role in a sequel to one of the most beloved action movies in recent memory.
Tatum officially announced late last week on his Twitter page that he has joined the cast of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the sequel to the 2015 spy film that grossed $414 million worldwide. "I'm about to get all up in that Golden Circle. #Kingsman" tweeted the actor, revealing another teaser poster with Harry Hart's glasses places strategically in the center. The poster says "My momma always told me the British gave us Southerners our good manners," hinting that Tatum will likely play a Southern member of the Statesmen, the American counterpart of the Kingsman. Tatum is an actor who can do it all, and with this role, he has the potential to seriously pull off something fun. Whenever Tatum tries to do serious action roles, it falls flat. But when he blends it with comedy, something magical happens, making this world the perfect playground for the actor. I seriously believe that he's one of the best working actors in Hollywood right now, and I'm so excited to see him join the project. This Kingsman sequel is only looking more and more impressive by the day, and if there's any justice in this world, we'll get a whole Cinematic Universe of these movies.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle stars Taron Egerton, Julianne Moore, Colin Firth, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal, Sophie Cookson, Mark Strong and Edward Holcroft and will hit theaters on June 16, 2017.