20th Century Fox is having a good X-Men week. The early reviews for May 23's X-Men: Days of Future Past are so-far stellar (currently showing a 93% approval rating in the early going on Rotten Tomatoes), and Quicksilver, the target of early derision and vitriol among fans is being billed by many critics as the breakout star of the film.
Now Tuesday afternoon, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter are both confirming the TotalFilm report that box-office star Channing Tatum is indeed lined up to star in a Gambit solo spin-off film.
"Multiple sources say that Tatum will get a stand-alone spinoff, with his version of Gambit being introduced in X-Men: Apocalypse," reports THR. "The stand-alone film is still in development, however, and no director has been attached."
Apocalypse is scheduled for May 27, 2016, three weeks after Batman vs. Superman and/or Captain America 3, suggesting the superhero hold over the worldwide box office shows no sign of abating anytime soon.
Channing, who's been openly courting the role for some time, will add some star muscle as the franchise transitions into the next phase of its big screen life, and provides a nice buzzy-worthy new media story as the anticipation builds for next week's Days.
AGENTS of S.H.I.E.L.D. Moves, Will Share a Slot with AGENT CARTER
ABC has revealed their new fall schedule and as some expected, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is moving up from its current 8pm timeslot to 9pm, most likely to get it away from CBS's ratings powerhouse NCIS.
ABC's second Marvel show, Agent Carter, will air in the same timeslot while S.H.I.E.L.D. goes on a mid-season hiatus, or what ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee calls a “split season.”
The CWs THE FLASH To Debut Footage During This Week's ARROW Season Finale
In a new extended promo for Arrow’s season finale, The CW isn’t just talking about what’s coming Wednesday night - they also tease, with a speedy “after credits” style shot, that The Flash will debut footage during the episode. The quick tease and new The Flash logo appear at the tail end of the preview, and the spot itself, featuring some high stakes and a whole lot of heroes, isn’t so bad either.