Who would have ever thought after Channing Tatum was a side character in Coach Carter that he would be the star he is today working with the great directors he has had a chance to work with?
It may be unbelievable, but it is true. Tatum’s Tour de Force was the Magic Mike series, for which he was critically acclaimed for his acting chops and ability to show the true grit of a character, not just his dance moves and washboard abs.
Now, he’s taking another shot with the director of that film, Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh. While Soderbergh may be known for his Magic Mike series and his Best Picture-winning Crash, his upcoming film staring Tatum harkens back to the most lucrative film of Soderbergh’s career: Oceans 11.
We are not talking about Ocean’s 8, set to come out in June 2018. We are talking about a different movie involving a heist, Logan Lucky. It’s a film about two brothers who plan to rob Charlotte Motor Speedway on the day of the Coca-Cola 600.
The movie is set to come out in August, but no trailer has been released yet.
While the film is not about NASCAR per se, the racing governing body was a big help in its production.
“NASCAR took really great care of us,” Soderbergh said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly (via the Charlotte Observer). “I think we got everything we needed, and we didn’t get in anybody’s way. It couldn’t have gone any better.”
While most of the film was shot at Atlanta Motor Speedway, it is set in and around Charlotte Motor Speedway, where Tatum, Star Wars Force Awakens’ Adam Driver and James Bond’s Daniel Craig plan the heist. Several cameos are made by drivers, including Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch.