Channing Tatum exits Gambit film, leaving it in jeopardy

Channing TatumChanning Tatum has reportedly dropped out of Gambit. The Magic Mike XXL star was not only set to star in the superhero film, but he was going to produce with his creative partner, Reid Carolin.

Josh Zetumer, best known for RoboCop, has recently signed on to direct the X-Men spinoff. The film was far into pre-production, as it was reported that Channing had done screen tests with rumored female lead Lea Seydoux, who is also set to star in Spectre coming this fall.

The biggest reason for Gambit being made was Channing himself saying in an interview that he would love to portray the character. He began campaigning for the role and eventually Fox took notice. The studio decided to move forward with the movie following the positive response from fans via social media. Fox would likely have not had a solo movie for Gambit prior to the campaign and would have likely re-introduced the character in  X-Men: Apocalypse.

Reasons remain unclear as to why Channing left the role and he likely will not continue as a producer should the movie go forward with someone else in the starring role. Rumors are citing creative differences with the script. After the debacle of Jupiter Ascending, Channing obviously doesn’t want to make the mistake of appearing in a sub-par superhero movie, like some have done before him.

Gambit was set to begin filming this fall. The film is slated to come out October 7, 2016 but there are serious questions as to whether or not the film will actually move forward. ~Greg Chisholm 

Update: Channing Tatum is still onboard.

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  1. Janice • July 30, 2015 @ 7:31 AM

    There are way too many superhero movies. Good for Channing.

  2. Niki • July 30, 2015 @ 1:35 PM

    Honestly,I can’t see him as gambit. I was kind of confused when it was first announced he would be so I’m not unhappy he’s dropping out. The last thing I want is another Taylor Kitsch debacle

  3. Armond • July 30, 2015 @ 7:06 PM

    Hey Janice just because you don’t like them doesn’t mean other people don’t enjoy them.
    I love them because I am a long time comic book geek
    when I was a kid there was only Christopher reeve as superman and Michael Keaton as batman and that was pretty much it sure there was the 70s things like Incredible Hulk and Wonder Woman but they pale in comparison to what we have today.
    Spider-Man, Transformers, X-Men, The Avengers,
    Batman V. Superman, ect.
    its all like dreams coming true seeing all this live and in person in front of me on screen
    for a person like me it is truly what dreams are made of.
    so if you don’t like the Superhero stuff then don’t watch it, you have plenty of choice go watch some critically acclaimed indy film with titles like “the little blue hat” sure those will probably clean up at the Oscars but what is an Oscar really worth? you see this is the “Movie Business” emphases on Business and Business is good when it comes to Superhero movies because they are what rake in the Billions of dollars not some little thing like “Ms.Maggie’s flowers” but like I said you have plenty of choice you don’t like Superhero stuff don’t watch it.

  4. Snepts • July 31, 2015 @ 4:58 AM

    Jeopardy will go on without him.

  5. NI • December 29, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

    Tatum sucks anyways!

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