Channing Tatum
Speculation as to whether Channing Tatum is quitting Gambit began yesterday (29 July)Frazer Harrison/Getty

Despite having been officially signed on to the project for over a year now, rumours emerged yesterday (29 July) that Channing Tatum is thinking about pulling out of portraying the title character in upcoming X-Men spin-off Gambit.

While the 35-year-old's involvement played a huge part in pushing 20th Century Fox forward with the title, recent insider comments have hinted he might only remain on as producer rather than the film's main star.

No official comment has been made about the fate of the film's cast list yet but in the wake of the news, IBTimes UK offers up 11 actors who could potentially replace the Magic Mike star if he really were to abandon the project.

Taylor Kitsch

Taylor Kitsch
Taylor Kitsch already portrayed Gambit once, could he do it again?Jemal Countess/Getty

Kitsch played New Orleans thief Remy LeBeau (AKA Gambit) for his big-screen debut in X-Men Origins – Wolverine way back in 2009 but was passed up for the solo movie when Fox opted for big name Tatum instead. The 34-year-old is currently starring in popular drama series True Detective and has experience in leading films, having acted as the protagonist in movies such as John Carter and Battleship.

Hugh Dancy

Hugh Dancy
Hannibal star Hugh Dancy could suit the role well, as he's used to playing genuinely good guys troubled by their pastsAstrid Stawiarz/Getty

He is well versed in sinking his teeth into a lead role having completed three seasons as protagonist Will Graham in NBC's horror-series Hannibal, and has proven through said show that he has no trouble portraying a genuinely good person, who endlessly struggles with keeping himself on the right side of his moral compass due to his dark and troubled past. Sounds like superhero/con-man Gambit? Yes, we thought so too.

Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder
He's certainly got the looks, but could Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder hold his on the lead spot of a superhero movie?Ben A Pruchnie / Getty

When it comes to appearances, Somerhalder seems a perfect fit for Gambit with his angular face and tousled hair, but it is not just the looks that make Somerhalder a justifiable candidate for LaBeau. After playing arrogant, sarcastic vampire Damon Salvatore since 2009 on The Vampire Diaries, he could certainly deliver the character's cocky side well. He would also undoubtedly be able to handle the film's action sequences too.

Gaspard Ulliel

Gaspard Ulliel
He's French, Gambit was Cajun - we're sensing some kind of link here at leastBertrand Guay

Mon dieu! I think we have found him. Gambit's nickname in the original Marvel comic books was the Ragin' Cajun. Cajuns are an ethnic group, mostly hailing from Louisiana, that consisted of descendants from French-speaking folk from Eastern Canada. Ulliel is French himself... see where we are going with this?

Kit Harington

Kit Harington
Kit Harington's brooding looks have led to work with Jimmy ChooRob Kim/Getty

Harington has made a name for himself on Game Of Thrones and is even picking up the odd Jimmy Choo advert to feature in, so he must be doing something right. What with that hair and that brooding face, it looks like we could be on to a winner...

Taron Egerton

Taron Egerton
Taron Egerton impressed audiences with his funny yet action-ready portrayal of Gary 'Eggsy' Unwin in Kingsman: The Secret ServiceTim P. Whitby/Getty

Egerton was arguably completely unheard of until he impressed as street punk Gary "Eggsy" Unwin in 2014's Kingsman: The Secret Service which saw him act with the likes of Colin Firth, Michael Caine and Samuel L Jackson. The film itself actually stemmed from Marvel-owned graphic novel The Secret Service, penned by Mark Millar, so while Eggsy was not a superhero, it would not be a too far-fetched-a-stretch for the up-and-coming 25-year-old.

Shiloh Fernandez

Shiloh Fernandez
Shiloh Fernandez certainly fits Gambit's description appearance-wise but does he have the ability to channel the charismatic con man?Jason Kempin/Getty

Fernandez, 30, lead the cast in 2013 horror remake Evil Dead, as well as having secondary parts in movies such as White Bird In A Blizzard, Red Riding Hood and Cadillac Records. Physically, he suits the part of Gambit well and given he is not a hugely recognisable name, he could fare well in rejuvenating the character from the conceptions invented in X-Men Origins.

Aidan Turner

Aidan Turner
Aidan Turner is best known for playing dwarf Kili in The Hobbit series and Poldark in the BBC series that goes by the same nameRobyn Beck/Getty

He wowed female audiences as heroic and loyal Kili in The Hobbit series, and charmed them even further as mysterious and brooding Poldark in the show with the same name. Perhaps it is about time Turner lands a lead role that would undoubtedly propel him into super-stardom.

Josh Holloway

Josh Holloway
He practically played Gambit for six years when he portrayed charming, con-man Sawyer in television show LostKevin Winter/Getty

Being over a decade older than Tatum, if someone like Holloway were to take on the role as Gambit, the character might have to be slightly different than the studio originally imagined but this may not necessarily be a problem considering how well someone like him would fit the criteria.

Holloway is best known for playing Sawyer in the hit TV show Lost and if you look back, his character was incredibly similar in terms of personality to Marvel creation LeBeau. Both from the South, charming con men and sarcastically witty, the 46-year-old has pretty much got Gambit down to a tee – before even having read a script.

Armie Hammer

Armie Hammer
Rising star Armie Hammer can next be seen alongside Superman himself Henry Cavill in upcoming movie, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.Atsushi Tomura/Getty

Coming from a television background, the past five years have resulted in Hammer going from being a relatively unknown actor to a major Hollywood star, after he played major roles in movies such as The Social Network and Mirror Mirror, and even the lead in The Lone Ranger opposite Johnny Depp. He can next be seen in upcoming secret agent movie, The Man From U.N.C.L.E alongside Superman himself, Henry Cavill.

Garrett Hedlund

Garrett Hedlund
Garrett Hedlund could be a potential successor to the lead role in Gambit if Channing Tatum does decide to drop outFrazer Harrison/Getty

Garrett Hedlund has previously played lead roles in a number of films including Tron: Legacy, On The Road and Country Strong. While he's a little younger than Tatum, his appearance certainly fits the part and he has proven himself a good actor in his past titles. He has had slow but steady success, becoming slightly more well known with each project he signs on for, but being linked to a Marvel/Fox movie would undoubtedly make him a big star... fast.