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Channing Tatum to star in and produce Evel Knievel movie

Magic Mike

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CHANNING Tatum has confirmed that he is to produce in and star in a film based on the life of stuntman Evel Knievel.

The picture will reportedly be based on Stuart Barker’s 2008 book Life of Evel and although negotiations are continuing the project looks all but locked down.

Mike DeLuca and Dana Brunetti, who just landed the hotly contested Fifty Shades of Grey producing job, will also be producing the movie.

Robert Craig Knievel became a household name in the 1970s for his nationally televised motorcycle jumps.

Recognizable for his use of a Stars-and-Stripes outfit and renowned for his 433 broken bones, Knievel gained endorsements from Harley-Davidson and a toy line by the Ideal Toy Company at the height of his fame.

Knievel died in 2007 at the age of 69.

Tatum is rapidly becoming one of Hollywood’s hottest properties who has his pick of projects following recent successes including 21 Jump Street and The Vow.

Magic Mike, a Steven Soderbergh film inspired by the actor’s early life as a stripper, was also a surprise US box office smash. It opens in UK cinemas today. View photos

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