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Roland Emmerich Makes It Rain In 1st Trailer For Oval Office Disaster Thriller 'White House Down'

by Tambay A. Obenson
March 26, 2013 7:23 PM
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White House Down

Well, damn! 

You saw the first poster this morning; now here's the first trailer for Roland Emmerich's thriller White House Down, which stars Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum

In the film, Tatum stars as a Secret Service agent who tries to save the president when the White House is attacked. Jamie Foxx plays the President of the USA.

Garcelle Beauvais, who co-starred with Jamie Foxx on his hit TV sitcom in the late 1990s (The Jamie Foxx Show), reunites with him here, playing his wife, the First Lady.

Lance ReddickMaggie Gyllenhaal, James WoodsRichard Jenkins and Joey King round out the cast for White House Down, a film that Tatum's Iron Horse Entertainment company is executive producing.

Reddick will play Colonel Janowitz, whose responsibility is the Speaker of the House (Jenkins). 

White House Down opens in US theatres on June 28, 2013.

How will America react at the box office to a second White House under attack movie? We'll see. One key difference between the two films (Olympus Has Fallen, which is currently in theaters, and White House Down), is that the former is rated R, while the latter is rated PG13

I'd also argue that, currently, Channing Tatum is a bigger star than Gerard Butler (who stars in Olympus Has Fallen). There's also the Jamie Foxx factor, fresh off his success with Django Unchained.

In addition, White House Down opens in the summer.

So, overall, on paper anyway, White House Down seems to have more going for it. Its opening weekend competition is the R-rated comedy The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, which should provide good competition, especially in drawing women audiences. 

And it's sandwiched between World War Z, which opens the week before, and Despicable Me 2 and Lone Ranger, both opening the weekend after.

So a crowded 3 weeks of releases there. But that's the summer movie season for you. However, there are always a few duds, so given the statistics, it's likely that one of these films won't do as well as hoped.

But this first trailer for White House Down looks like typical Roland Emmerich disaster porn, although we're dealing with a different kind of disaster this time around. The first half of the trailer could be the opening for the trailer of previous disaster movies (whether natural or alien).

And while I say all that, I think this is a well put together first trailer, and it has my attention.

At the very least, on initial appearances, it looks like it could be an entertaining summer flick. We'll see, especially as more of the film is unveiled via marketing, over the next few months.


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  • EP | March 27, 2013 3:10 PMReply

    This looks like some'ol Bullshit.

  • BluTopaz | March 26, 2013 8:08 PMReply

    This reminds me of that bit in Bowling for Columbine which talks about how many Americans LOVE to be terrified of all kinds of enemies who want to 'destroy our freedoms'. Even when they are invisible foes. Tatum is right, this is real pop culture stuff people eat up.

  • Darkan | March 26, 2013 7:51 PMReply

    The studio was smart to get Olympus has fallen out first. They look like the same film. Blackhawks crashing, destruction of the White House, people running, computers reaching 100%, Washington being shot up, etc. I can say that I'm pretty sure the acting and action in Olympus Has Fallen will more than likely be better and Jamie Foxx never receives a dime of my money at the box office. The last film I supported of his was Ray and that was in honor of Ray Charles.

  • Akimbo | March 26, 2013 10:05 PM

    That's funny; I don't care much for Jamie Foxx, but I would take him any day over the charmless and completely unappealing Gerard Butler they gotta stop trying to make this turd a movie star. It's amazing how far his CGI abs in the 300 have taken him.

  • Darkan | March 26, 2013 8:06 PM

    I agree with you on the CGI Marissa. Roland Emmerich always goes full out retard on the effects and his destruction scenes are top notch its the acting that suffers in his movies all save Independence Day. The effects in Olympus Has Fallen was bad but the action was good. That you would know if you've seen it.

  • Marissa | March 26, 2013 7:58 PM

    Are you kidding me? The action and CGI looked terrible in Olympus Has Fallen! I can tell just by watching the trailer this this is going to be a much better movie. I do agree that their studio was smart in getting that movie out first, because this movie is going to make a killing at the box office when it is released and would set expectations they couldn't live up to.

  • sosgemini | March 26, 2013 7:36 PMReply

    Channing getting first billing just doesn't look right. LOL

  • Akimbo | March 26, 2013 10:10 PM

    "Five hits in a row?" The majority if his IMDB page is supporting roles, especially his last five projects.

  • Marissa | March 26, 2013 8:01 PM

    I agree how rude! Jamie Foxx has been in five hits in a row and won an Oscar!

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