After taking an extended break from starring roles, Channing Tatum has stepped back into the spotlight in a major way this year. The modestly budgeted Dog made more than $60 million domestically upon its February release, and Tatum followed up that success with The Lost City just one month later. The action-comedy that also starred Sandra Bullock grossed a commendable $105 million at the domestic box office, proving that Tatum remains a bankable Hollywood star. The actor’s schedule is continuing to fill up, as Tatum has reportedly landed one of the lead roles in a big-budget Apple film centered around the space race of the 1960s.
Deadline is reporting Tatum will be replacing Chris Evans in Project Artemis, a script which Apple purchased for more than $100 million earlier this year. Evans was originally set to star alongside longtime MCU partner Scarlett Johansson, but scheduling conflicts with films such as Netflix’s Pain Hustlers caused the actor to step away from Project Artemis. This marks the second project that Evans and Johansson had signed onto together that one had to pull out of, as Johansson exited Apple’s Ghosted late last year. Ana de Armas stepped in to star in the film, which wrapped production a few months ago.
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Greg Berlanti is Also Joining Project Artemis as the Film’s Director
While Tatum is an exciting addition to Project Artemis, he isn’t the only new face joining the production. The film was originally set to be directed by Ozark star Jason Bateman, but creative differences with production company These Pictures lead to Bateman leaving the director’s chair. Along with the Tatum news, Deadline is reporting that Greg Berlanti will be taking the reins of Project Artemis.
Berlanti has become a prolific producer in Hollywood, being involved in such hit series as Riverdale, The Flash, Arrow, The Flight Attendant, and many more. As far as directing goes, Berlanti’s resume isn’t quite as impressive, but his 2018 drama Love, Simon was well received critically, and spawned a spin-off series in Hulu’s Love, Victor. Berlanti’s next project is the romantic drama My Policeman, starring Harry Styles, which will hit select theaters and Amazon Prime Video later this year.
Besides the small detail that Project Artemis will be focusing on the space race, no other information about the plot of the film is known at this time. The script was penned by first-time writer Rose Gilroy, whose father Dan Gilroy wrote such films as Nightcrawler, Kong: Skull Island, and The Bourne Legacy. Along with starring, Johansson is serving as a producer on Project Artemis, following-up on her role as an executive producer of Black Widow. It’s unknown when exactly Project Artemis will begin production, but Deadline says the film will be fast-tracked once Tatum officially signs on the dotted line. If filming begins before the end of the year, then a late 2023 release may be in store for the mysterious Project Artemis.