Channing Tatum had superhero fans looking forward to his role in Gambit. But as the deal seems to be falling apart faster than Superman can fly, rumors that Channing may exit the X-Men spin-off has some wondering if the comic book flick can make it without Tatum.
What happened that would cause the movie to go from happy hype just weeks ago at Comic-Con to rumors of unraveling now? An insider revealed that although Rupert Wyatt still is set to direct Gambit, Channing is quitting, reported The Wrap.
20th Century Fox was even looking for the perfect actress to co-star with Tatum. But Channing’s departure means it’s not just the Magic Mike actor’s foil that needs to be found. Wyatt must find a new male actor who has Tatum’s fame and talent to take the challenging role.
Channing is currently partnered with Reid Carolin to produce, that part of the Gambit deal also is unknown. However, the film is set to be a box office superhero in October 2016, so answers are anticipated soon.
Tatum seemed upbeat during his San Diego Comic-Con appearance at which he was promoting his role as Gambit (New Orleans thief Remy LeBeau). Channing was to reprise Taylor Kitsch’s Gambit from X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Thus far, Tatum has been practicing throwing cards and rehearsing a New Orleans accent for Gambit, reported ComicBook.
If he does drop out after making a commitment to change the way superheroes are perceived, who could fly in and rescue the role? Say hello again to Taylor.
Producers in the past have called in an actor who previously played a role, giving Kitsch a superhero leg up on the X-Men actor’s competition. Moreover, he’s a familiar face in that role, and just needs to work on his accent.
As for what happens to Channing if he drops out of both acting in and producing Gambit? Tatum along with Chris Pratt are being bandied about as the leads for a new reboot of Ghostbusters, reported MTV.
Confirming rumors is scriptwriter Drew Pearce.
“I’ve finished my work on that in the last couple weeks,” said Pearce of the reboot. “Obviously it’s top secret, but there’s a gigantic bold idea that I came up with, and the Russo brothers — who did ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and are doing ‘Civil War’ at the moment — and Ivan Reitman, who did the original movie, are going to take that and run with it.”
As to whether it is Channing and Pratt set to co-star?
“That’s definitely the cast we’ve been thinking about as we approach the project,” spilled Pearce.
As the Inquisitr reported, a separate reboot of Ghostbusters also is in the works, starring Chris Hemsworth, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon.
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