Reports earlier this week suggested that Channing Tatum was threatening to back out of playing Gambit in the upcoming X-Men spin-off. Today, however, 20th Century Fox announced that it has come to an agreement with Tatum that will ensure his involvement in the film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, there were sticking points over Tatum’s long-term commitment to the franchise as well as backend compensation.
For those unfamiliar with Gambit, the character debuted in August 1990’s Uncanny X-Men #266. Noted for his thick accent and use of playing cards as an offensive weapon, Gambit’s mutant power involves charging inanimate objects with explosive kinetic energy. Having started life as a thief, the character’s arc over the last 25 years has been one of the more intriguing entries in the Marvel universe, and though he’s without the fame of a Wolverine-level hero, plenty of writers have offered unique takes on this charismatic anti-hero.
In an interview last year, Tatum discussed how he planned to portray the character on the big screen: “Gambit was always like the woman-loving, cigarette-smoking, drinking guy. He was the punk rock of all the superheroes. He’s a thief. He kind of rode the line. We’re obviously going to go to the saving-the-world superhero movies eventually, but maybe not for the first one. We kind of want to introduce this character in a very different way.”
Gambit is slated to hit theaters on October 7th, 2016. Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) will direct the film.