Channing Tatum has finally signed a deal to play the role of “Gambit” less than a week after it was reported that he left the production of the “X-men” spinoff.
The Hollywood Reporter wrote Tatum and 20th Century Fox hit “a sensitive spot” during their negotiations which was described as nothing of the ordinary in deal-making.
The “21 Jump Street” actor’s participation in the Marvel movie was not really in jeopardy since Tatum had invested quite a bit in it, the Hollywood Reporter added. Channing has been involved in the Marvel film not only as an actor but also as a producer.
Earlier last month, he appeared at San Diego Comic Con with casts of other Marvel films – “X-Men: Apocalypse,” “Deadpool”, and “Fantastic Four” — to promote “Gambit”, Metro UK wrote.
The “Magic Mike” star had expressed his interest of playing the mutant character over the years, even before he was named to play the lead role, comicbookresources.com added.
Tatum once said in an interview, “Gambit’s the only X-Man I ever loved. He’s the most un-X-Man X-Man that’s ever been an X-Man…he loves women and drinkin’ and smokin’,” Entertainment Weekly wrote.
Details of the extent of Tatum’s involvement in future “X-men” movies still needs to be determined.
Fox considers “Gambit” as one of the key characters of the X-Men Universe and is expected to star in a series of movies and appear in other X-Men spinoffs.
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” director Rupert Wyatt will direct “Gambit”, while the script will be written by Josh Zetumer. Reid Carolin, Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg will produce the movie alongside with Tatum.
“Gambit” is set for release on October 2016.