Channing Tatum has closed his deal to star in the X-Men spin-off “Gambit” for 20th Century Fox according to THR. This follows on from reports last week that indicated the actor was seriously considering leaving the project after he and Fox failed to come to terms.
So was it the classic old Hollywood tactic of “negotiating in the press”? The trade says they did hit a sensitive spot in negotiations, but his participation hardly was in any real danger because the actor already had invested heavily in the superhero part.
What was a sticking point was both Tatum’s backend compensation, and the extent of his involvement in the X-Men universe as Fox was seeing this as a multi-picture commitment.
Rupert Wyatt directed the Josh Zetumer penned film. Tatum, Reid Carolin, Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg are producing.