According to recent buzz, Channing Tatum is rumored to be playing Ian Heinisch in a new movie about the fighters life.
Ian Heinisch has been very open about his past including escaping Colorado, surviving jail in the United States, and being locked up in Spain where he decided to turn his life around.
According to The Scrap, Hollywood’s hottest actor, Channing Tatum is being considered for the role.
Heinisch’s story is inspiring and one that would work well on the big screen in a time when heroes are making a comeback in film. A true-to-life story on how Heinisch refused to be held back by a troubled past to go on and be one of the top middleweights in UFC will speak to audiences.
“It’s important that I get this story out and hopefully motivate people and kind of give back,” Heinisch told MMA Fighting. “Bring it full circle, for all the people that helped me and to right all the wrongs in my life. To be that inspiration, that you can be at rock bottom and bounce back to fulfill their dreams.”
Tatum’s been in blockbuster films like The Hateful Eight, Magic Mike, and 21 Jumpstreet. His break-out role in film was in the 2006 movie Step Up where he showcased his freestyle dance moves. But if Tatum is going to step into the role as Heinisch he’ll need to get a good deal of training on the books to get Heinisch’s style down, not to mention his Spanish accent.
With his past to motivate and drive him towards his goals, Heinisch was able to crack the UFC middleweight rankings after an impressive victory over Antonio Carlos Jr. at UFC Rochester. His UFC career is still relatively new with only two wins on his resume, but as Heinisch continues to climb the ladder of the division his current No. 11 spot could easily shift to No. 1 contender. And who knows, the end of this film could show Heinisch with his hands raised in victory as the new UFC middleweight champion.