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‘X-Men’ Producer Wants Channing Tatum For ‘Gambit’ Movie

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Channing Tatum has already made his interest in the superhero genre quite clear: He wants to play Gambit, the X-Men’s resident Cajun mutant.

“Gambit’s my favorite,” the actor said during a press conference for White House Down. “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.”

But how “for real” are the chances of Tatum playing Gambit? After all, the character was portrayed by Taylor Kitsch in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, even if the performance wasn’t exactly universally loved. At the end of the day, the people Tatum really has to convince are the Fox executives and the producers behind the X-Men films — and he has at least one powerful voice on his side.

“I’m dying to do a Gambit movie with Channing Tatum,” longtime X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner told Empire. “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.”

With Shuler Donner on his side, will Tatum get the Gambit movie he’s hoping for? And will fans get behind that vision, after the character already appeared in the (admittedly complicated) X-Men movie continuity? We’ll find out in due time.


  • Cuniraya

    If they make that movie I’d watch it in theaters, buy the Blu-Ray and then pretend that I’m too cool for either a Channing Tatum or a Gambit movie.

  • caludia84

    I really want a Gambit movie with Josh Holloway

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  • andrew11

    I love the character of Gambit, but I think a solo film would probably be as interesting as his solo comic series. Which is to say, not at all.

  • Joey

    He’s a great actor, I don’t see why not.

  • Joey

    You clearly haven’t read the latest volume of Gambit.

  • xsikal

    Pass. Don’t think much of him as an actor. Don’t want more X-movies from Fox.

  • Alex W

    Focus on Deadpool first please.

  • lewis4510

    Translation, Fox is afraid that Hugh Jackman’s days as Wolverine are coming to an end. They’re looking to replace Wolverine in the X-Men films with Gambit. Rather than trying to recast Wolverine when Jackman decides to hang up the claws. Which judging from his last interview that could be sooner than Fox would like.

  • Alex Hayden

    I’m already forcing myself to watch any superhero movies fox makes. If Channing becomes Gambit, I’m giving up and will just not bother with them.

  • wacoose

    Fox is just trolling now.

  • fasdfasd

    it was shit, wolverine arrests Gambit for trying to steal a demon laced thingymabob then let him loose.

  • fasdfasd

    just give up the x-men rights to Marvel, stop churning shit x-men movies, fox is destroying the goddamn x-men franchise.

  • Z-Ram

    Nice try, dude. That was the beginning of All-New X-Factor (and a preview, at that.) James Asmus’ Gambit was the best series he’s had – fun and energetic.

  • PietroMaximoff

    as long as he has a full frontal nude scene…
    wait… who said that???

  • James Penny

    God…no. I will put out my eyes……

  • Hypestyles

    Interesting. I guess the previous Gambit will just be accepted as a one-off. I guess it could be done as a scaled down $40-$50 million solo film.

  • Jason M Bryant

    I’m willing to give Channing Tatum more of a chance after seeing him in “This is the End.”

  • Living Silver

    He didn’t arrest him: Gambit was caught in the act and Wolverine came to give him a lift home.

  • Living Silver

    How? Did you read the article? The movie idea was Channing’s, and he approached a producer about it. Fox didn’t do anything to initiate this.

  • Living Silver

    Tatum does not look anything like Gambit.

    Aside from that huge obstacle, I don’t see any other reason not to. They should just add Polaris to the mix, give Evan Peters a new Quicksilver costume as he ages, and make an X-Factor movie.

  • Leif

    I would rather Taylor kitsch gambit movie

  • Wayne

    He’s good but Taylor Kitsch was better as Gambit.

  • WHC4L

    Idiots…just went through the comments, but sorry this is a great idea.Wahhhh, Fox has the rights. Outside the anti-social people that read comics, Gambit is the 2nd most well known character at Marvel for anyone over 16 (yeah Marvel, not X-Men). People love the character, Fox just needs to focus on the greater population and ignore the minor, small comic book group that doesn’t like Gambit because he represents basically what they aren’t.

  • Leadpoison

    Fox started trolling as soon as Cyclops said “Yellow Spandex”.