Channing Tatum will officially be playing Gambit when we see his standalone Fox-produced outing next year. Sorry Taylor Kitsch. While Tatum has been attached to this project for a couple of years now, there were reports earlier in the week that he may be walking away completely. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this is not the case.
With the successful run Fox has been having lately with the section of Marvel Comics they still own the rights to, they have been looking to expand their universe to cash in. The beginning of the non 'X-Men' films will start next week with 'Fantastic Four' and then continue in 2016 with 'Deadpool' and 'Gambit' getting their own movies within the same universe.
Tatum apparently had to deal with some more complicated negotiations with Fox revolving around his character's involvement in the 'X-Men' universe as it was undoubtedly a multi-picture deal likely modeled after Hugh Jackman. Jackman has played Wolverine since 2000 and Fox surely wanted to ensure they would have Tatum for at least a decade with several pictures. There were also apparently concerns over back-end payouts for Tatum. Tatum will still star and serve as a producer on the upcoming picture.
'Gambit' is currently slated for an October 7th, 2016 release with Rupert Wyatt in the director's chair. He will be working with a script penned by Chris Claremont (Gambit's creator) and Joshua Zetumer. Also, Simong Kinberg is acting as a producer to hopefully ensure some form of continuity with the other existing properties. Nothing is known yet about any plot or even tone of this upcoming flick but we will be sure to post any news that comes out in the coming months right here!