Could CHANNING TATUM Step In to Direct GAMBIT?

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Channing Tatum
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Deadline is reporting that there is Hollywood "buzz" that Channing Tatum could step in to direct the beleaguered Gambit movie he has been attached to produce-and-star in since 2014.

In an article reporting on the actor's exit from his longtime agency UTA and Management 360, the Hollywood trade writes that Tatum has "been trying to get going the X-Men spinoff Gambit. He has long been slotted to play the charming card-throwing mutant, and buzz has been that he might direct the film after several other filmmakers have been in and out. But there is no start date at this point and its still being worked on. Will tell you more when we hear it."

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Tatum has starred and produced in several films, but has not directed any project.

Tatum has been attached to the Gambit role since May 2014, and revealed since that he even auditioned for the role before it was cut from 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand. Since 2014, three directors have been announced - only to exit later on. In September 2018, Deadline reported that 20th Century Fox rescheduled the film for a March 13, 2020 release.

Gambit - along with X-Force, Deadpool 3, Multiple Man, and other announced projects - are in a perceived limbo as the Walt Disney Company's acquisition of 21st Century Fox (and the X-Men film rights) nears completion.

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