Channing Tatum Could Be Exiting 20th Century Fox’s ‘Gambit’

By July 29, 2015

Although 20th Century Fox was hyping the upcoming Gambit spin-off film at the end of their Hall H panel at Comic-Con this year, it looks like the film could now be in trouble concerning its leading man.

According to a report from The Wrap, star Channing Tatum’s deal to play the popular X-Man is “falling apart,” and the actor is apparently on the edge of deciding to leave the film. Director Rupert Wyatt was in the process of casting a leading lady to play alongside Tatum’s Gambit, but the report makes mention of the director now having the possibility of finding a new actor to play the Marvel Comics mutant in the upcoming film, which 20th Century Fox still plans on releasing as part of their X-Men film universe (including the likes of next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse and Deadpool). Gambit previously appeared in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine played by “True Detective” star Taylor Kitsch.

Tatum’s deal is a little more complicated than usual because of the fact that he’s onboard as a producer, in addition to being slated as the star. There’s no word on whether or not his exit in front of the camera will also mean his exit as a producer, but if it means both, then X-Men franchise producers Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner would likely have to proceed on their own. There’s no solid word on what ultimately led to the deal now being on shaky foundations, but the report speculates that it may have something to do with Tatum’s “larger ambitions” involving his career. Whether that means his involvement in the X-Men franchise or some other aim is unclear.

Tatum appeared at the very end of the 20th Century Fox panel in Hall H in order to start some hype up for his turn as Gambit. Whatever the production decides to do, they’ll likely have to do it quickly, as Gambit is currently scheduled for release in October of 2016. For more on this story as it develops, keep it locked on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
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