Channing Tatum has denied that he will play the character of Gambit in future X Men films.
Earlier this month producer Lauren Shuler Donner appeared to confirm that the 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike actor will appear in the role for future movies, with a stand alone Gambit film also rumoured.
However, speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in Cannes, Tatum said that while talks are ongoing about the role, nothing is confirmed just yet. “I hope to be joining – everything’s not done yet,” he is quoted as saying.
The actor continued: “I’ve obviously been in talks, and we’re on the one yard line. I’m always afraid of being like, ‘Yes, it’s totally happening’ and then it doesn’t happen… I’m dying to do it.”
Donner previously backed the actor to inhabit the character of Gambit. “He’s a rogue, he’s a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau,” she said. “He can handle the action, as we know, and he’s got a real good heart, I know him personally.”
She added: “He’ll be great for Gambit, and he’s a southerner too, he understands that world, and you know Gambit loves New Orleans.”
Tatum is in Cannes to promote another new film, Foxcatcher, in which he stars alongside Steve Carrell and Mark Ruffalo.