Jeff Sneider from The Wrap has reported that negotiations between Channing Tatum and 20th Century Fox are underway, as the studio tries to keep the actor from exiting the X-Men spin-off, Gambit.
Channing Tatum playing Gambit felt like a done deal, with the film set to release in October, 2016. That is no longer the case. Somebody close to the project said the actor, who is also a producer of the film, might not end up playing the lead:
One individual close to the project told TheWrap that Tatum’s reps are still in active discussions with the studio but acknowledged that “something is up.”
This is yet to be confirmed or denied by either 20th Century Fox or representatives of the actor.
We also don’t know anything else from the situation, what prompted Tatum to want to leave, or how close both sides are to a deal, but we can only hope that this is solved soon. The actor has been pushing for this project for some time, and with director Rupert Wyatt on board, they were in the process of testing female leads.
Tatum also made a brief appearance at Comic-Con 2015, alongside Marvel God, Stan Lee, Deadpool‘s Ryan Reynolds, and the rest of the X-Men and Fantastic Four ensemble.
If Channing Tatum left the Gambit movie, who do you think could replace him?