Channing Tatum has reportedly finalised a deal to star in X-Men spin-off film Gambit.
The Magic Mike actor has been linked to the role of Gambit, a mutant who can harness kinetic energy who made his Marvel Comics debut in 1990, for more than a year. Though it was recently reported that Tatum had dropped out of the forthcoming movie, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that he has now officially signed up to play Gambit.
20th Century Fox has scheduled Gambit for release on October 7, 2016. Rupert Wyatt (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) is directing from a script by RoboCop screenwriter Josh Zetumer. Chris Claremont, co-creator of the original Gambit comic book character, has been involved in devising the film’s storyline.
It is understood that Tatum sees his Gambit as playing a similar role in the X-Men universe to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine: he will star in his own standalone films, but also make appearances in future X-Men ensemble movies.
Talking about the Gambit movie last year, Tatum said that he hoped the film could “actually try to change the ‘hero, superhero movie’. Because Gambit is not your typical hero.”
“He’s a thief,” Tatum continued. “He walks on the grey. I’m hoping we can change it a little bit, and then ultimately feather into the other [X-Men films].”