Actor Channing Tatum is rumoured to be putting his "Magic Mike" sequel on hold for "The Son", a crime drama written by Norwegian novelist Jo Nesbo. This is huge news when one considers that "Magic Mike" was a box office hit that is partly based on the life experiences of Channing Tatum as a stripper but it seems as if he is very serious about producing "The Son" as demonstrated by the fact that he and his producing partner Reid Carolin were recently spotted in Oslo, Norway having dinner.
News of this dinner has gotten the attention of entertainment insiders as some are speculating that Channing Tatum wants this project not just to direct it but to use it to help him make the transition to more dramatic roles. Jo Nesbo's books are very popular and the plot of "The Son" in which a son is placed in prison as he takes the blame for crimes he did not commit and while in prison he learns that his father, a policeman who was rumoured to be corrupt but actually is not, is killed even though it was officially ruled a suicide. The son escapes and takes revenge on those who killed his father and those whom he took the blame for. This movie vehicle would be an ideal project to help him demonstrate to Hollywood his dramatic range and also enable him to add to his directing and producing profile.
Channing Tatum in the lead role of "The Son" would be a great career move as it would help him make the transition to more serious dramatic roles which he has already started with the recent completion of the movie "Foxcatcher" in which he plays Olympic wrestling champion Mark Schultz, the brother of murdered wrestler Mark Schultz.
He is known for his great body and his stripper background but Channing Tatum at his core is an actor who embraces the challenge of pushing himself as an actor and him performing the lead role in "The Son" is a role that will force him out of his comfort zone but is a role in which he will provide a spectacular performance both in front of the camera and behind the camera.