THR reports that Universal is eyeing Channing Tatum to star in a Van Helsing film set in the studio’s Dark Universe.
The trade reports that the studio is currently polishing a script with their sights set on Tatum for the lead role. While The Mummy, the first installment of the Dark Universe series, was both a critical and financial flop, the studio is reportedly betting that big-name actors will help sell future entries in the shared cinematic universe. Remakes of Bride of Frankenstein with Javier Bardem and The Invisible Man with Johnny Depp are moving forward with several other projects currently in various stages of development.
It is important to note that the report does not state that Channing Tatum has boarded the project or that he has even been approached about the role.
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The first Dark Universe film titled The Mummy is currently playing in theaters.
Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.
Directed by Alex Kurtzman, the film stars Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, and Russell Crowe.
The Mummy will be released on Digital on August 22, 2017 and will later be available in 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, & DVD on September 12, 2017.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter