'G.I. Joe' Enlists Channing Tatum, Dennis Quaid


It's already been a busy week for Channing Tatum.

The "Step Up" and "She's the Man" star has signed on for a key role in Paramount's "G.I. Joe" film, just one day after joining Christian Bale and Johnny Depp in the cast of Michael Mann's "Public Enemies."

Directed by Stephen Sommers and written by Stuart Beattie, the Hasbro toy adaptation now focuses on G.I.J.O.E. or Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity, an international organization of operatives out to fight a terrorist organization called Cobra.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tatum will play G.I.J.O.E. team leader Duke. The trade paper says that Sam Worthington, initially attached to the role, was unable make time due scheduling overruns on James Cameron's "Avatar."

Variety adds that Dennis Quaid will play General Hawk in the film.

In addition to Tatum, the "G.I. Joe" cast features Sienna Miller, Ray Park, Rachel Nichols, Marlon Wayans, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Said Taghmaoui and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The movie is scheduled to open on Aug. 7, 2009.

Tatum has "Battle in Seattle" and "Stop Loss" in the can for 2008 release, as well as the action film "Fighting," co-starring Terrence Howard.

Quaid has "Vantage Point" and "Smart People" coming out later this year. He also just completed work on Universal's "The Express."

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