Jamie Foxx: from the outhouses of Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" to the White House?

Foxx is on the top of the list to play the president of the United States in Roland Emmerich's "White House Down," an action thriller that sounds like the best episode of "24" mixed with "Die Hard." The film focuses on a Secret Service agent (played by Channing Tatum, natch) who must save the president after the White House is taken over by a terrorist group. "White House Down" has been on the fast track since first being announced in March, as Sony tries to beat the similarly themed "White House Taken" (with Gerard Butler as a Secret Service agent) to the big screen.

This wouldn't be the first time Foxx played a politician. He famously appeared as Tony Blair during a hilarious sketch on "Chappelle's Show."

For more on "White House Down," head over to Variety. Check out a brief history of "Die Hard"-y Hollywood action films below.

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  • "Passenger 57" (1992)

    <strong><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105104/" target="_hplink">IMDb plot description</a></strong>: "An airline security expert (Wesley Snipes) must take action when he finds himself trapped on a passenger jet when terrorists seize control of it." <strong>What it's like</strong>: "Die Hard" on a passenger jet. <strong>Sample dialogue</strong>: "Always bet on black."

  • "Under Siege" (1992)

    <strong><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105690/" target="_hplink">IMDb plot description</a></strong>: "A former SEAL, now cook, is the only person who can stop a gang of terrorists when they seize control of a US Navy battleship." <strong>What it's like</strong>: "Die Hard" on a battleship. <strong>Sample dialogue</strong>: "I'm just a cook."

  • "Speed" (1994)

    <strong><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111257/" target="_hplink">IMDb plot description</a></strong>: "A young cop must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph." <strong>What it's like</strong>: "Die Hard" on a bus. <strong>Sample dialogue</strong>: "Pop quiz, hotshot. There's a bomb on a bus."

  • "Sudden Death" (1995)

    <strong><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114576/" target="_hplink">IMDb plot description</a></strong>: "A disgraced former fireman takes on a group of terrorists holding the Vice President and others hostage during the seventh game of the NHL Stanley Cup finals." <strong>What it's like</strong>: "Die Hard" at a hockey game. <strong>Sample dialogue</strong>: "I'm having a very bad day."

  • "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory" (1995)

    <strong><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114781/" target="_hplink">IMDb plot description</a></strong>: "Casey Ryback hops on a Colorado to LA train to start a vacation with his niece. Early into the trip, terrorists board the train and use it as a mobile HQ to hijack a top secret destructive US satellite." <strong>What it's like</strong>: "Die Hard" on a train. <strong>Sample dialogue</strong>: "Nobody beats me in the kitchen."

  • "Executive Decision" (1996)

    <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116253/" target="_hplink">IMDb plot description</a>: "When terrorists seize control of an airliner, an intelligence analyst accompanies a commando unit for a midair boarding operation." <strong>What it's like</strong>: "Die Hard" on a plane. <strong>Sample dialogue</strong>: "I hope there's a good movie on this flight."

  • "Daylight" (1996)

    <strong><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116040/" target="_hplink">IMDb plot description</a></strong>: "Disaster in a New York tunnel as explosions collapse both ends of it. One hero tries to help the people inside find their way to safety." <strong>What it's like</strong>: "Die Hard" in a tunnel. <strong>Sample dialogue</strong>: "You know what, I don't know. I don't know anything."

  • "Air Force One" (1997)

    <strong><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118571/" target="_hplink">IMDb plot description</a></strong>: "Hijackers seize the plane carrying the President of the United States and his family, but he (an ex-soldier) works from hiding to defeat them." <strong>What it's like</strong>: "Die Hard" on Air Force One. <strong>Sample dialogue</strong>: "Get off my plane!"

  • "Speed 2: Cruise Control" (1997)

    <strong><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120179/" target="_hplink">IMDb plot description</a></strong>: "A computer hacker breaks into the computer system of the Seabourn Legend cruise liner and sets it speeding on a collision course into a gigantic oil tanker." <strong>What it's like</strong>: "Die Hard" on a cruise ship. <strong>Sample dialogue</strong>: "With all due respect miss, this is not your car, this is a cruise liner!"

  • "Turbulence" (1997)

    <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120390/" target="_hplink">IMDb plot description</a>: "After a shootout on a flight transporting prisoners, a stewardess must outwit a smooth-talking serial killer and land the plane herself." <strong>What it's like</strong>: "Die Hard" with a serial killer. <strong>Sample dialogue</strong>: "I'm never flying this airline again!"

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