Los Angeles: Actor Channing Tatum has closed a deal to star in 20th Century Fox's "X-Men" spin-off, "Gambit".
Contrary to earlier reports that the 35-year-old actor would exit the project after failing to come to terms with Fox, Tatum is on board to portray the titular hero, said The Hollywood Reporter.
The "Magic Mike" star has been attached to the movie as both actor and producer for a few years and even made a surprise appearance at Fox's "X-Men" panel at Comic-Con in July.
"Gambit" will be directed by Rupert Wyatt of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes". The film, written by Josh Zetumer, who also wrote 2014's "RoboCop", is expected to release on October 7, 2016.