Channing Tatum has been eager to star as Gambit in the X-Men spinoff for years, and now The Hollywood Reporter has reported that the actor has officially signed on for the film, despite rumors earlier this week that he was getting ready to leave the project.

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THR reported that negotiations for the role hit some snags along the way, which might have sparked the rumors. Tatum has originally auditioned for the role when the character was set to appear in X-Men: The Last Stand, but the character was cut early on. Since then, Tatum has been connected with rumors of standalone Gambit film.

Director Rupert Wyatt is slated to helm the project, which is being written by long time X-Men writer Chris Claremont. Filming is set to start later this year.

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[The Hollywood Reporter]

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