Channing Tatum Cast As Duke In G.I. Joe

Chnning-TatumWell it looks like they have cast Duke for the upcoming G.I. Joe film, we get the scoop today thanks to our friends at ropeofsilicon:

Ain’t It Cool News is reporting that Channing Tatum is set to take the lead of the Joe’s in Paramount’s G.I. Joe for director Stephen Sommers. The site reports they have been told a press release will be going out to the trades Monday afternoon reporting the news confirming the Step Up star will be taking one of fanboy’s most coveted roles.

Well, I was certainly hoping for a bigger name, and someone older when it came to Duke…but god damn, it sure looks like Tatum can rock an outstanding flat top haircut. He also looks solid in the trailer for Stop Loss. I must admit, I do not know enough about this guy to have a solid opinion either way, but he fits the bill physically – and that is a step in the right direction.

I am still very skeptical about this film. I want it to be awesome more than I want world peace, and I hope it delivers the goods. Tons of horrible rumors have been swirling around since news of this film began, and most people are not expecting much.

Just the other day I was reminiscing about the Dreadnaughts’ rock band Cold Slither, and started to hum the song to myself. G.I. Joe had gobs of great episodes and I have fond memories of the series. Since I was a child I have wanted to see a live action movie of the show (even more than Transformers) and I pray to all the gods of olympus that it is an enjoyable experience. I reluctantly hope for the best, and until then …..

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9 thoughts on “Channing Tatum Cast As Duke In G.I. Joe

  1. I have to say I am actually kind of glad they cast a non “big name” movie star, but to be honest, I never cared for Duke – he’s the boy scout of the Joe team really, in both the comic and the cartoon.

    However I am still totally anxious to see who will play Storm Shadow…

  2. NO! NO! NO! This is really bad. I dont want a clean cut pretty boy. I want my Duke to be a grunt miliray commander. Whats next! Cobra Commander being player by Jim Carry? Destro being played by Clark Dunken? The biggest flaw of this movie will be casting.

  3. This is the first news that makes me at all interested in this project. Give him a long solid shirtless scene and I’m there. Yummmmmmm.

    I expect it to be pointless dreck otherwise. Movies based on dolls are even stupider ideas than movies based on video games.

  4. Tatum is a rising actor whose roles get better and better. While best known for Step Up, that doesn’t give his acting skills much credit. As silly as that film was, it wasn’t horrible. And I thought he was good in Havoc.

    That said, it seems he’s trying more for action-adventure film roles. I think GI Joe is a mis-step, as opposed to say Public Enemies or even Parkour.

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