Channing Tatum Exits X-Men Spinoff Gambit?

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Channing Tatum will no longer headline Gambit.

Channing Tatum has reportedly dropped out of 20th Century Fox’s X-Men spinoff

There’s a major shakeup today on 20th Century Fox’s side of the Marvel Universe as The Wrap is reporting that Channing Tatum is planning to exit the upcoming X-Men spinoff, Gambit. The film was planned to go before cameras in October, although Tatum’s exit would leave the film’s future uncertain.

It was recently announced that Gambit would be directed by Rise of the Planet of the Apes helmer Rupert Wyatt with casting reports coming in as recently as yesterday. Today’s update claims Tatum had been involved with screentests for the fim’s female lead with Blue is the Warmest Color and SPECTRE‘s Lea Seydoux among the actresses reading for the part.

With a screenplay by Josh Zetumer (RoboCop), Gambit was to be produced by Tatum and his creative partner Reid Carolin, along with X-Men franchise stewards Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner. It is unclear at this stage whether or not Tatum would remain on board the film as a producer, should Gambit move forward.

Currently, Gambit is scheduled for release October 7, 2016, planned to follow X-Men spinoff Deadpool on February 15 and X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27. As always, check back for updates as they become available.

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