'X-Men' Producer Wants to Make a Gambit Movie with Channing Tatum
We've had quite the overload of X-Men lately with Empire's massive collection of 25 covers promoting X-Men: Days of Future Past. The final cover revealed the sentinel from the dark future timeline that is forced to send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) to the past to save their lives. With the exception of X-Men: Apocalypse, we're not sure how Fox plans to handle their precious comic book property as they continue to keep it away from Marvel Studios, but franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner has an idea that sounds pretty damn good. Donner just told Empire, "I'm dying to do a Gambit movie with Channing Tatum."
Donner thinks it's perfect, because it doesn't need to be as big as the X-Men ensemble films, "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." Well, an origin story doesn't sound all that thrilling, especially after X-Men Origins: Wolverine was not only terribly by itself, but also poorly used Gambit (one of Taylor Kitsch's many missteps in his career so far). But with Channing Tatum on board, maybe this could be something great.
While Tatum was doing the press tour for White House Down, he told Empire:
"I would like to play Gambit. Gambit’s my favourite. I’m from New Orleans, around that area. My dad’s from New Orleans, and I like to do a Cajun accent. I could do it for real.
No knock on Taylor Kitsch, though, ’cause I actually like his Gambit, but I’ve always lived around Cajun people. Gambit was always like the woman-loving, cigarette-smoking, drinking guy. He was the punk rock of all the superheroes. He’s a thief. He kind of rode the line.”
With Donner and Tatum both interested in doing a Gambit movie, it sounds like the right pieces are coming together. But at the same time, we're not sure how this would fit it in with Fox's plans for the rest of the X-Men, especially with Simon Kinberg shepherding all the Marvel projects for the studio (which includes Fantastic Four soon). After a rocky beginning in Tatum's career, the once wooden actor has blossomed into an impressive performer with 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike brightening his star. So if there's anyone who seems perfect to bring Gambit to life right now, it's Tatum. Stay tuned to see how this all plays out.