Rest easy fans. Despite some reported bumps during final negotiations, Channing Tatum has indeed closed his deal with 20th Century Fox to produce and star in the X-Men spin-off Gambit, and will likely appear in other films in the studio’s expanding Marvel movie universe.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, there were some finer points to settle in regards to backend compensation before the deal was closed. These sorts of volleys are typical when signing big stars to lucrative long-term multi-picture deals. Tatum was heavily invested in the project, not only set to star as the popular Cajun Marvel mutant, but co-produce the film as well.
Considering the Magic Mike actor appeared on the Hall H stage at Comic-Con last month along side the rest of Fox’s big screen heroes and villains, there seemed to be little doubt that Tatum’s deal was a sure thing.
— Channing Tatum (@channingtatum) July 12, 2015
The studio envisions Tatum’s franchise tenure along the lines of Hugh Jackman’s, who has anchored the X-Men series for fifteen years. With Jackman hanging up the claws after the next Wolverine solo film, Fox is likely looking for a new mutant to take fill the spot.
Gambit will be directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and is set for release on October 7, 2016.