The actor has been eager to portray the X-Men superhero on the big screen for some time, and he first became linked to the Marvel movie in 2014.
However, the development process has been far from smooth after delays prompted both Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt and his replacement, The Bourne Identity filmmaker Doug Liman, to pull out of the blockbuster due to scheduling conflicts.
Early last year (16), fans also noticed Gambit, which had originally been scheduled for an October, 2016 launch, had been quietly removed from the release schedule by studio bosses at 20th Century Fox.
There have been no updates since, but producer Kinberg insists a standalone Gambit film is still very much on the cards.
“It is going to happen, and it’s just a question (of when)…,” he tells LRMonline.com.
“Channing is, in the best possible way, as committed and as rigorous about getting the character right as Ryan was with Deadpool and as Hugh (Jackman) was with Logan,” Kinberg continues, “and so it’s been about finding a filmmaker and someone who can capture that voice and hand it off to Channing.
But he’s been a really critical part of the process, and we’re hoping that the movie, probably given his schedule, will be ready to go this year and probably shoot next year.”
Channing will co-produce the movie, in which he will star as Marvel comic book character Remy LeBeau and his mutant alter-ego Gambit, who was previously portrayed onscreen by Taylor Kitsch in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.