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The Magic Mike actor is set to play the American stuntman entertainer – known for his daredevil motorcycle jumps and outlandish costumes – as well as produce the film

Channing Tatum is set to play Evel Knievel in a planned biopic of the American daredevil, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Tatum, who strips to his skivvies in Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike, will climb into Knievel's stars and stripes jumpsuit to bring the legendary stunt rider's story to the big screen.

Knievel, who earned a Guinness world record for surviving 433 broken bones during his 20-year jumping career, was famous for flying on a motorbike between skyscrapers, through walls of fire and over cars, trucks and even a pack of mountain lions. His longest completed jump, at Ohio's Kings Island theme park in 1975 saw him leap over 14 buses.

It's not clear as yet which part of Knievel's career the film will cover, but »

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