'X-Men' Producer Wants to Make a Gambit Movie with Channing Tatum

January 30, 2014
Source: Empire

Channing Tatum / Gambit

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.

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Reader Feedback - 21 Comments


God, no. Please

TheOct8pus on Jan 30, 2014


Could be fun, dunno. I have mixed feelings about this idea.

Phillip Gockel on Jan 30, 2014


I've got to admit, I've kinda grown to like Tatum as an actor. Sure, he's no oscar winner, but there are worst choices for this role. And IF he can pull off the cajun accent, I'm fine with it. That's my biggest beef with casting Gambit - They HAVE to be able to pull off a LEGIT cajun accent!!!

RAW_D on Jan 30, 2014


I agree with the accent.

Rock n Rollllll on Jan 30, 2014


Now this is something I would go see. I'm not a super huge fan of Tatum but I think he could pull it off.

blkstar on Jan 30, 2014


This is something i would defnitely watch. However, not quite sure yet about CT taking the role. I think maybe Ryan Gosling's acting skills sync up with Gambit's persona pretty well.

Rock n Rollllll on Jan 30, 2014


I'm sure Tatum would pull in the ladies, but I'd prefer Josh Holloway (who was too busy shooting Lost to accept the part in Wolverine.) Edit... Also, I'm slow in just now realizing that she's Richard Donner's (original Superman director) wife. (& is a really prominent producer - wow - really slow - sorry Mrs. Donner!)

avconsumer2 on Jan 30, 2014


I agree, Josh Holloway would make a great Gambit! I've read a lot of different comments here in and other sites pertaining to casting choices for different heros, and people keep referencing Holloway for a lot of spots. He NEEDS to make a superhero appearance. That'll really boost his acting career....just as Thor did for Hemsworth.

JBrotsis on Jan 30, 2014


Agreed! If you put Gambit and a picture of Sawyer side by side, almost identical!

RAW_D on Jan 31, 2014


Not this lady, at least... I never got the appeal of Tatum, and he certainly doesn't scream "Gambit" to me.

Ali Miller on Jan 31, 2014


Well you certainly seem to be going against the grain on that one! 😉 Refreshing though. I mean, sure, he's a decent actor and everything, but ever since I heard Holloway was offered that role, I can't get him out of my head for it. I can almost hear him saying "Don worry mon petite chere....". Sly & charming out the wazoo. (like Gambit)

avconsumer2 on Jan 31, 2014


People seem to bash on him a lot but I actually like Taylor Kitsch. I know he's taken on movies that have a sour ending but I think he has potential and down the line will eventually take claim to some promising movies that will have a better fit in likable actors.

JBrotsis on Jan 30, 2014


I want Kitsch too... hear me FOX!

OfficialJab on Jan 30, 2014


Well, seems like lately Channing is one of the favorites for producers. He is a good actor, he has potential, his last movies are really impessive. I thought we won't see him after Step Up, but I was wrong, each year we have more and more movies with his participation. And I think he will be able to pull off this movie as well. We will see...

Elena Takmakova on Jan 30, 2014


only women would say stuff like this....

Rock n Rollllll on Jan 31, 2014


don't think so.... otherwise, "X-men" producer wouldn't chose CT for this role...

Elena Takmakova on Jan 31, 2014


Well the good thing about this , is that Rogue fans should get a chance to see a more adult version of her . Somewhere inbetween JLaw and Romjin , maybe on the dark side with Mystique ....

Dominic on Jan 31, 2014



Have Hope on Jan 31, 2014


Some comments I have read deserve A THOUSAND thumbs downs...DAMN people....jeez.

Have Hope on Jan 31, 2014


JOSH HOLLOWAY! I've been saying it for years. A Cajun version of Sawyer. There's nothing more perfect.

dan on Jan 31, 2014



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