It’s no fun wasting minutes of hype writing about movies and casting faves only to see such developments fall apart before our eyes. Actor Channing Tatum has long been the frontrunner for Twentieth Century Fox’s upcoming production of live-action Marvel property, Gambit, having spoken with high hopes of playing the character, followed by word that Rupert Wyatt would be directing.
As of Tuesday night however, it appears it has all been for naught with a report from The Wrap stating the actor’s departure from the film. No reason has been publicly given for the fallout, although any number of reasons are imaginable considering it’s a major studio production, so, your guess is as good as mine at this point.
Production is expected to begin in Louisiana this October for a hefty sum of $154 million dollars ahead of its October 7, 2016 release. There’s no word yet on who will replace Tatum who had been high on playing the role, doing everything from working on the classic Cajun accent to learning new card tricks to get the character right. Essentially, he would have been a great pick, and now we are going to need an actor who is just as passionate about the X-Men favorite if this is really going to work.
Still though, I think Banlieue 13 star David Belle would make a great candidate, but that’s just me. Comment below or on our Facebook page and let us know who you think should play Gambit!