Jamie Foxx poised to star as US president in new film

(Photo by Matt Dames/Sony via Getty Images)

(Photo by Matt Dames/Sony via Getty Images)

By the looks of things, Jamie Foxx’s career is on the upswing.  The Academy Award-winning actor is set to star in Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated slavery-themed western, Django Unchained, which will hit theaters later this year, and is reportedly also being eyed to star in a political action film.

According to Variety, director Roland Emmerich wants Foxx to play the president of the United States in Sony’s action drama White House Down. If cast, the Dreamgirls actor would appear alongside Channing Tatum, who is set to star as a secret service agent that leaps into action to defend the president when a terrorist group takes over the White House and holds everyone inside hostage.

White House Down is in direct competition with Millennium Films’ White House Taken, which is currently set to start production before the Sony movie. Gerard Butler is slated to star, and Antoine Fuqua will direct.

Foxx hasn’t garnered significant critical acclaim for any of his leading roles since 2005’s Ray, but with Django Unchained and his possible presidential role in White House Down on the horizon, he may be poised for a comeback.

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