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Netflix Lines Up R-Rated Animated ‘America’ Film, Channing Tatum to Voice Lead

”Magic Mike“ star will play George Washington

Netflix has taken its first step into animated feature films, as it will dedicate some of its $6 billion content budget toward financing “America: The Motion Picture,” an R-rated take on the founding of the country, TheWrap has learned.

“Magic Mike XXL” star Channing Tatum will voice George Washington. Matt Thompson is directing, while Dave Callaham wrote the script and is producing, along with Thompson and his partner at Floyd Country, Adam Reed, who are behind edgy animated series “Archer.” Tatum is also producing with his Free Association partners Peter Kiernan and Reid Carolin, and Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Will Allegra at Lord Miller.

Tatum most recently appeared as the voice of Superman in Warner Bros. “The Lego Batman Movie,” and will next be seen in “Logan Lucky” and “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” He will soon start production on “Triple Frontier.” Lord and Miller are directing Disney’s standalone Han Solo movie and writing the sequel to “Lego Batman.”

Tatum and Free Association are represented by UTA, Management 360 and Hansen, Jacobson & Teller, while Lord and Miller are repped by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham. Callaham is represented by UTA, Kaplan/Perrone Entertainement and Hansen, Jacobson, and Reed and Thompson are repped by CAA. UTA Independent Film Group arranged the financing for the movie.