Fox announced Tatum’s involvement in the ‘X-Men’ spin-off after months of rumours.

Gambit, with Channing Tatum in the lead role, is now set for its debut on October 7, 2016, five months after Bryan Singer’s related X-Men: Apocalypse hits in May.

Tatum teased fans with a cryptic Tweet a few days ago that simply said, “How do you say October 7, 2016 in Cajun?” referring to the character and his origins.

The ensemble movie introduces Tatum as card-throwing superhero Remy LeBeau, also known as Gambit, with the Foxcatcher, 22 Jump Street and Jupiter Ascending star now set to reprise the same role later in the year for 20th Century Fox.

Channing Tatum will play the lead in X-Men spin-off movie Gambit. – AFP

Original plans had him in the running for X-Men: The Last Stand before the character was dropped.

Its October date now places Gambit one month before Marvel projects Doctor Strange (November 4) and The Sinister Six (November 11), and two after Warner Bros’ Justice League tie-in Suicide Squad (August 5, 2016).

Tatum is not the first to portray the character in a live-action movie as Gambit appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and was played by Taylor Kitsch.

Fox is also shuffling another superhero property, The Fantastic Four 2, which makes room for Planet Of The Apes 3; as sequel to this August’s reboot featuring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, and Toby Kebbell, it’s now due June 2, 2017 instead of a previously planned July 14 splash.

Around the same time, Warner still has Wonder Woman set for June 23, with Gal Gadot in the lead role, and Marvel its third solo feature starring Chris Hemsworth as the awe-inspiring Norseman, Thor: Ragnarok, for July 28, 2017. – AFP Relaxnews