Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly and Mitzi Gaynor, John Travolta and Olivia Newton John; when you think of legendary duos of the musical genre, these names spring to mind with jazz hands shaking. Well, it looks as though they'll have to make room for another pair because Joseph Gordon-Levitt proudly announced his upcoming musical project with none other than Channing Tatum on Live with Kelly Ripa.
Check out JGL announcing the incredible news below:
The 35-year-old actor/singer/entrepreneur divulged a lot of juicy details about the project, including their desire to make it into an R-rated comedy, and that it will be penned by Michael Bacall, the scriptwriter behind 21 Jump Street. JLG also spoke about how far he and Channing (he nicknames him "Chan"!) go back and how they came up with the idea as a pipe dream. Well, they're about to make our dreams come true, and while we wait for more info on the plot, we're going to take a look at why these two are the perfect match for a musical.
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JGL Has Already Proven He's Got The Chops
After breaking through as a child actor, JLG quickly started developing his other talents along the way and has since become a gifted singer and dancer as he explores avenues outside of acting. He first wowed audiences with his dance moves back in 2009 with the heart-warming and heart-wrenching 500 Days of Summer where he performed a bubbly, bouncy choreography to Hall & Oates' "You Make My Dreams Come True" after falling in love with Summer (Zooey Deschanel).
Watch JGL jump for joy in the choreography for "You Make My Dreams Come True":
Zooey and Joey obviously hit it off on the set of 500 Days because they continued to collaborate together on adorkable YouTube performances of classic duets. JGL displayed his rich, warm voice as well as his guitar playing ability as the two traded bittersweet verses and harmonies. Check out their viral sing-along below and try not to melt like a popsicle on a summer's day.
Get On Your Dancing Shoes, Channing
We don't need to look far to witness Channing's dancing prowess, we simply need to look back at his breakthrough performance in Step Up. Tatum plays a footloose young man who finds his calling in dancing, stunning the world with his talent.
Check out Tatum's moves in Step Up below:
Channing came from humble beginnings as a roofer moonlighting as an exotic dancer in male strip club in Tampa before his big break, and he brought his story to the big screen with Magic Mike. The story follows a young man passionate about exotic dancing who's struggling to be taken seriously. If this upcoming collaboration with JGL is going to be R-rated, chances are Tatum will whip out some of his raunchier moves from his Magic Mike catalogue.
Check out Tatum's solo dance from Magic Mike below:
He can dance, sing, act. By Gosh he can do it all!
Channing took a break from musicals for a long period to focus on comedies like 22 Jump Street and hard-hitting Oscar-baiting dramas like Foxcatcher. It took the charm of the Coen brothers to coax him back into his dancing shoes and in their latest comedy Hail Caesar! Tatum demonstrated his formidable pipes with this delightful homage to classic Hollywood musicals, "No Dames."
Are you as stoked as we are about this musical match made in heaven?