We've known for a while that Fox has been courting Channing Tatum to star as Gambit in their ever-growing X-Men franchise, and now it's confirmed. Producer Lauren Shuler Donner had this to say at Monday Night's Days of Future Past premiere:
And now, the Hollywood Reporter is reporting that audiences ill first see the Magic Mike star flinging explosive cards, in 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse. Soon after, audiences will be treated to a Gambit stand-alone film which is still in the very early stages of development.
Personally I feel that seeing the iconic 90's X-Man rubbing elbows with young Magneto and Professor X will be a little weird, but he's the type of character that will play both sides in the mutant debate. Where do you think Gambit will fit in?
Remember when Friday Night Lights star, Taylor Kitsch played the card-throwing, cajun mutant? Well Fox certainly hopes you don't. In keeping with the trend to make every super hero franchise a gigantic multi-media tentpole, the studio behind The X-Men and Fantastic Four are starting their drive to introduce more and more mutants to spin-off solo films.
Their first step: nailing down Channing Tatum to play Gambit and based on his interview at the MTV Movie Awards, they're getting closer to striking a deal. (See minute 4:25).
Last year when doing press for White House Down Magic Mike himself (Channing Tatum) talked about how much he'd love to play the card throwing mutant, and 90's X-Men favorite, Gambit. He even has the cajun accent down.
Well, in Empire Magazine published earlier this week, X-Men producer, Lauren Shuler Donner, said:
"I'm dying to do a Gambit movie with Channing Tatum," Shuler Donner reveals. "That doesn't have to be a great big movie. It's a thief in New Orleans, it's a whole different story. He's on board, and I have to get the studio on board. How can anyone resist Channing? He's such a sweetheart."That's one step closer to this dream coming true. What do you think, would Tatum make a good Gambit?