Despite recent rumors circulating the web claiming otherwise, Channing Tatum is still very much committed to the X-Men spinoff film Gambit – recent chatter had speculated that Tatum had dropped out of the title role in favour of joining the DC Comics Universe.
It has however been confirmed by Twentieth Century Fox that the 22 Jump Street star is still attached to the project and that recent speculation was the result of the Hollywood studio pushing back the projects release date due to script issues, according to producer Simon Kinberg;
If Tatum were to join Warner Bros. DC Universe, it would have no effect on his commitment to Gambit and wouldn’t be the first time an actor has appeared in both a Marvel and DC Comics franchise. Oscar-winner Ben Affleck first appeared in Marvel’s box office flop Daredevil before finally landing the critically-acclaimed role as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman v Superman. Another A-lister to make the crossover in similar circumstances is Ryan Reynolds – the Canadian actor starred in the DC flop Green Lantern before changing the face of superhero films with his standout performance in this year’s cult hit Deadpool.
As for Gambit, Doug Liman, who’s directing the mutant spinoff, has stalled production until he can iron out the script which has caused some issues over the last couple of years as Fox works to ensure the film doesn’t become another expensive flop like last years Fantastic Four reboot.
Gambit is due for release sometime in 2018.