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Richard Jenkins joins ‘White House Down’

Roland Emmerich pic stars Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx

Eat Pray Love” star Richard Jenkins is in talks for a key role alongside Channing Tatum in Sony’s action drama “White House Down.”

Roland Emmerich is directing from a script by James Vanderbilt, who sold his spec to Sony for $3 million back in March, as Variety first reported. Pic finds the White House under siege by a paramilitary group that holds everyone inside hostage.

Tatum stars as a Secret Service agent who leaps into action to defend the U.S. president, who will be played by Jamie Foxx. Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Woods will co-star as high-ranking Secret Service agents. Jenkins is making a deal to play the Speaker of the House, who trails the Vice President in America’s presidential line of succession.

Vanderbilt and partners Bradley Fischer and Laeta Kalogridis will produce for Mythology Entertainment, while Emmerich and Harald Kloser will also produce. Reid Carolin, Tatum’s producing partner at their Iron Horse Entertainment banner, will serve as an exec producer.

Jenkins, who received an Oscar nomination for his perf in Tom McCarthy’s 2007 drama “The Visitor,” next stars alongside Brad Pitt in Andrew Dominik’s crime pic “Killing Them Softly” and Tom Cruise in Christopher McQuarrie’s “Jack Reacher.” Thesp has also wrapped roles in Robert Redford’s thriller “The Company You Keep” and the indie comedy “A.C.O.D.”

Jenkins is repped by the Gersh Agency and Bill Treusch Management.

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