REPORT: Channing Tatum Official for "Gambit"

Following a report earlier this week that he was planning on exiting the film, The Hollywood Reporter had word Saturday morning that Channing Tatum has closed his deal to star in 20th Century Fox's "Gambit" film, based on the popular X-Men character.

The THR story downplays the possibility of Tatum leaving the project at any point, writing that though negotiations reached a "sensitive spot," it was nothing out of the ordinary. The article does note that Tatum's level of involvement in Fox's larger X-Men franchise needed to be established, and though there's no details yet on how many films he may be signed up for, it's said that Fox sees Gambit as an "anchor character" in the X-Men film franchise, similar to Hugh Jackman's Wolverine. Backend compensation was also listed as an issue that needed to be resolved.

Tatum had already begun promoting "Gambit," appearing as part of 20th Century Fox's Hall H presentation last month at Comic-Con International in San Diego. He's made his enthusiasm for the Marvel character clear over the years, even before he was officially attached to the role. He's set to produce "Gambit" along with his production partner Reid Carolin, and X-Men film franchise veteran Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg.

Directed by Rupert Wyatt and written by Josh Zetumer (from a treatment by Gambit co-creator and X-Men writing legend Chris Claremont), "Gambit" is scheduled for release on Oct. 7, 2016.

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