Channing Tatum Replaces Chris Evans in ‘Project Artemis’
Channing Tatum will replace Chris Evans in the upcoming Apple TV+ film Project Artemis, co-starring Scarlett Johansson, following his visit to Pussy Island. The Captain America actor is no longer available, according to Deadline, due to his obligations to Pain Hustlers and Red One.
Fans who wanted to see Evans and Johansson together onscreen again after their characters exited the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Avengers: Endgame will be disappointed yet again. The two were meant to co-star in Ghosted, also for Apple TV+, before Johansson’s scheduling forced her to be replaced with Ana de Armas. Evans previously appeared in Defending Jacob, one of the streamer’s first efforts.
The addition of Tatum is not the only significant change to Project Artemis. Jason Bateman previously resigned as director due to creative disputes. Greg Berlanti has taken his place.
Berlanti is best known as a producer, most notably for his work on CW shows like Riverdale and Arrow, but he is also worked on projects like The Flight Attendant and the upcoming My Policeman. He does not direct as much as he used to, but he did most recently direct the 2018 adolescent rom-com Simon, I love you.
Berlanti will also helm the comic book film Booster Gold after producing a number of DC adaptations for television, including Superman & Lois, Batwoman, and The Flash. Tatum recently completed filming on Magic Mike’s Last Dance and was seen earlier this year in Dog, The Lost City, and The Afterparty; Dog was also his directorial debut.
The plot of Project Artemis is unknown, except that it is a period piece about the 1960s space competition. For All Mankind, one of Apple TV+’s current flagship shows, recounts an alternate timeline in which the Soviet Union is the first to arrive on the moon.