Channing Tatum May Leave Production On Gambit


It looks like that casting call they sent out a few days ago may need one more line added to it … for the role of Gambit.  TheWrap is reporting that Channing Tatum — who’s playing the lead role of Gambit in the film of the same name — may leave production.  A source close to the project told TheWrap that Tatum’s representatives are still in active discussions with the studio, but that “something is up.”

TheWrap is speculating that Tatum’s desire to work behind the camera as a director may have factored into his decision in exiting the project.  As of now, both 20th Century Fox and Tatum are not commenting on the production status of Gambit.

The live-action incarnation of Gambit made his debut in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) — though his name only appeared in X2: X-Men United (2003) — and was played by Taylor Kitsch.  On May 13, 2014, Channing Tatum was confirmed to take over the role in a solo movie.

Gambit is still set for a release date of October 7, 2016.  It will be produced by Channing Tatum, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Simon Kinberg, directed by Rupert Wyatt, written by Josh Zetumer from a treatment by Chris Claremont, and star Channing Tatum as Remy Etienne LeBeau / Gambit.

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