Didn’t see this one coming! According to comingsoon.net, reports have came out 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 Apeshelmer Rupert Wyatt with casting reports coming in as recently as yesterday. Today’s update claims Tatum had been involved with screentests for the film’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.