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Channing Tatum

IS PUMPED FOR A COMEBACK…

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Ipromise you I would not look like this,” said Channing Tatum recently, “unless I had to be naked in most of my movies, mostly.” After four years of animation voicework and time spent (possibly) bench-pressing buses, Tatum will be reminding us just what he looks like on-screen soon, clothed or otherwise.

First up, Jump Street’s endearing jock-in-residence jumps to co-directing (alongside Reid Carolin) with the incoming Dog, where he also plays an Army Ranger paired with a Belgian Malinois on a road trip to a funeral. For jungle-set romance-adventure Lost City Of D, he plays the cover model for the books by Sandra Bullock’s novelist. Afterwards, he will star in Zoë Kravitz’s directoria­l debut, the thriller Pussy Island, as a tech mogul with secrets. And, surely, sick abs.

Tatum has always been game to use what he’s got, whether that means indulging, ribbing or anatomisin­g his hyper-masculinit­y. After breakthrou­ghs in A Guide To Recognisin­g Your Saints and Step Up, he proved as much by transformi­ng a potential PR pile-up into a next-level hit. When news broke of his time as a stripper, his response was Magic Mike, a film that flaunted his masculinit­y and held it up for analysis.

Besides an inevitable appearance in hot Roman wear (The Eagle), he’s played anything from troubled wrestlers (Foxcatcher) to romantic leads

(The Vow), handling his man-bod and more with a winning lightness and quizzicali­ty. Far from the dim bulb of 21/22 Jump Street, he has made smart director choices, including Steven Soderbergh and – with The Hateful Eight – Quentin Tarantino. His wry self-awareness even helped him emerge unscathed from Jupiter Ascending, space-rollers and all; he also wrote a children’s book last year.

His endearing co-lead in Logan Lucky and underused role in Kingsman: The Golden Circle were his last onfilm appearance­s, before voice gigs (Smallfoot, The Lego Movie 2, America: The Motion Picture) and “injuries, life shit” (his words) swallowed up his time. A return is due, then, and he seems up for the long haul. “Gonna be a fun next 10-year run,” he posted on Instagram. Naked or not, we’re here for it. KH

ETA | 2022 / DOG AND LOST CITY OF D RELEASE NEXT YEAR. PUSSY ISLAND’S RELEASE DATE IS TBC.

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