Jamie Foxx is About to Get Presidential Joining 'White House Down'
While the internet is buzzing about his upcoming Tarantino western Django Unchained (check out the first trailer), Jamie Foxx is about to move up the societal ladder from bounty hunter to politician. Deadline reports Foxx is in negotiations to play the President of the United States in Roland Emmerich's White House Down, an action thriller that stars Channing Tatum as a Secret Service agent tasked with protecting the President during a hostile takeover. He'll follow in the footsteps of fellow black actors Morgan Freeman (Deep Impact) and Dennis Haysbert ("24") as one of the few black actors to portray an American president.
Of course, Freeman & Haysbert aren't the only black actors to play presidents - you can check Wikipedia for a more detailed list - but those two are arguably the most iconic. As a matter of fact, Danny Glover played the U.S. President in Emmerich's last film that wasn't a period piece, the disaster porn movie 2012. Foxx would be in good company if this deal comes through, and hopefully his character in White House Down will have some similarities to Harrison Ford's President in Air Force One because it would be great to see Foxx and Tatum kicking ass side by side. There still aren't a ton of details available for this movie, but chances are pretty good that if Emmerich is involved, we can at least expect a few explosions. The Amazing Spider-Man and Zodiac's James Vanderbilt wrote the script. There's no start date yet. Good casting?