Channing Tatum’s ‘Gambit’ movie pulled from release schedule

X-Men standalone has endured a difficult pre-production period

Channing Tatum fans wanting to see him as X-Men character Gambit will have to wait a while longer after Fox pushed back the film’s release date.

The Gambit film, starring Tatum in the lead role as the card-throwing hero, was due out in October. However, a shuffle of release dates from Fox this weekend has led to the film having no official schedule and fans guessing as to when it will reach cinemas.

News of the date change has not come as a shock with the film having to switch director last year after Rupert Wyatt left in September. His replacement Doug Liman became involved in November, leaving him with just 11 months to finish the film.

Léa Seydoux, best known for her roles in Blue Is The Warmest Colour and Bond film Spectre, will play the role of Bella Donna Boudreaux, the first love of Tatum’s comic book character.

It is understood that Tatum sees his Gambit as playing a similar role in the X-Men universe to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine: he will star in his own standalone films, but also make appearances in future X-Men ensemble movies.

Discussing Gambit last year, Tatum said that he hoped the film could “actually try to change the ‘hero, superhero movie’. Because Gambit is not your typical hero.”

In addition to delaying Gambit, Fox also placed two mystery Marvel projects for release. The untitled projects will come out on on October 6, 2017, and January 12, 2018. It is rumoured that one of these will be an as-yet-unannounced Deadpool sequel.