Channing Tatum Confirmed to Play Gambit in Future 'X-Men' Movies
Back in March, we learned from director Bryan Singer that the hope was to bring Gambit and Nightcrawler into the mix for X-Men: Apocalypse. While the latter seems like it would be a bit of a stretch since he already met the X-Men in X2, this is a new timeline in the past, so it all works out. Funnily enough, before Singer even revealed these two new mutants, franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner was talking about landing Channing Tatum to play the Cajun, kinetically charged mutant, a role that the actor himself was interested in playing and took a meeting for in April. Now it sounds like his dreams have come true.
Speaking with Total Film, Donner seems to have confirmed Tatum for the role:
"Well you know he's a rogue, Channing. He's a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau, and he can handle the action, we all know that. He's got a really good heart, because I know him personally, I did a movie with him. So I think he'll be great, he'll be great for Gambit, and he's a southerner too, he's not from New Orleans but he is a southerner and he understands that world, and you know Gambit loves New Orleans."
While we're not as big of a fan of Tatum when he takes on more serious roles as opposed to his surprising gift for comedy in films like 21 Jump Street, this sounds like a role that perfectly suits him. With X-Men: Apocalypse already slated for release in 2016, you can expect production to begin later this year or early in 2015, so we should be hearing more about returning cast and the story. Of course, if our spoiler scoop from last year turns out to be true, then we have at least some idea of what might happen in the sequel that may be shot back-to-back with The Wolverine 2. Stay tuned for more.
UPDATE: Word has come from THR that Channing Tatum will be playing Gambit in his own spin-off movie separate from the X-Men franchise. However, Tatum will be introduced as Gambit in X-Men: Apocalypse, and the standalone Gambit movie will come sometime after that. No director is attached and the film is still in development, so we'll see what happens. In addition, Lauren Shuler Donner said there's another secret project in the works that she can't talk about. So speculate away as to what that might be.