Channing Tatum In Talks to Play Legendary Daredevil Evel Knievel

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Channing Tatum will be wearing a lot more clothing for his next role — namely, a star-spangled jumpsuit.

The 32-year-old — who’s currently starring in the stripper flick, Magic Mike — is in talks to headline a film about legendary daredevil Evel Knievel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Tatum isn’t just set to star in the biopic.

He’ll also produce the film with his Iron Horse Entertainment cohort Reid Carolin, who is set to write the screenplay. Mike DeLuca and Dana Brunetti, meanwhile, will also serve as producers. The two just landed the prime gig of producing the film adaption of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Knievel became known in the 1970s thanks to a series of motorcycle stunts — and famous costumes. Donning a red, white and blue leather jumpsuit, he famously jumped over cars, buses and other motorcycles. One his biggest stunts was an attempt — albeit a failed one — to vault across Wyoming’s Snake River Canyon in a steam-powered rocket called the Skycycle X-2.

Another of Knievel’s claims to fame: he was listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the man with the “most broken bones in a lifetime” — he had 433. The daredevil passed away on Nov. 30, 2007. He was 69.

The Tatum film will be based on the 2008 book Life of Evel by Stuart Barker, but it’s not the first big-screen venture focusing on Knievel. In 1971, George Hamilton starred in Evel Knievel.

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