'White House Down' Featurette: Roland Emmerich Takes Washington D.C.

Monday, 27 May 2013 07:53 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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'White House Down' Featurette: Roland Emmerich Takes Washington D.C.

Having zigged with the Shakespeare conspiracy movie Anonymous, director Roland Emmerich returns to action with next month's White House Down.  When a guy famous for blowing stuff up directs a summer movie called White House Down, you probably have a pretty good idea what the movie is going to entail.

A new featurette promoting the June 28th nationwide release goes behind the scenes of 2012's other "Die Hard in the White House" movie, showing off a good chunk of new footage in the process, including heaps of action and our first substantial taste of the villain, played by Jason Clarke.

Mostly, this featurette from Yahoo! Movies is focused on Emmerich, as the cast and crew praise his brains out between bits of spectacle and on-set footage.

Emmerich is best known as the director of Independence Day, and the helmer drops a little allusion to the famous shot of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue being vaporized by aliens, saying that this time he's be blowing up the president's domicile "bit by bit."  Selections from Emmerich's filmography also include Universal Soldier, Stargate, 2012, The Patriot, and the 1998 Godzilla.

Here, he's back in summer spectacle mode, chronicling one crazy day in the life of an aspiring Secret Service agent who teams up with the Commander in Chief when the White House falls into the hands of a really bad guy.

Channing Tatum stars as the would-be Secret Service agent, a Washington DC cop by the name of John Cale.  He takes his adorable daughter to the titular house for his big job interview, which goes humiliatingly wrong.  But he redeems himself in a huge, huge way when a highly coordinated attack on both the Capitol and the White House place the building under control of a villainous force the motives of which are not yet clear. 

While going all John McClane (complete with white undershirt), Cale teams up with President James Sawyer, played by Jamie Foxx.  Shenanigans of the buddy variety ensue amidst many, many explosions.

So with Tatum and Foxx carrying the movie and Clarke as the antagonist, White House Down also boasts a formidable ensemble cast that includes Maggie Gyllenhaal, Richard Jenkins, James Woods, Lance Reddick, Joey King, Jimmi Simpson, and Garcelle Beauvais.

Check out the last theatrical trailer, which showcases the humor of White House Down, by clicking here


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