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5 Gambit Stories Fit For Film

Look out Taylor Kitsch, because Channing Tatum’s gunning for your job! The Magic Mike and 21 Jump Street star has been very vocal in the past about his desire to bring the X-Man called Gambit back to the big screen, and now he’s even met with producer Lauren Shuler Donner about making it happen.

“I met with Lauren Shuler Donner, and I would love it,” Tatum revealed backstage at the MTV Movie Awards. “Gambit is really the only X-Man I’ve ever loved. I mean, I’ve loved them all, they’re all great, but I guess just being from down South – my dad’s from Louisiana, I’m from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida – I don’t know, I just related to him. He’s just kind of suave … He’s not even, like, a hero. He’s kind of walking the line of gray… He loves women and drinking and smoking and stuff, so he’s just a cool guy who happens to have a good moral center.”

Sounds like Tatum’s done his homework on Remy LeBeau, and he’s ready for the big test – starring in a major motion picture. If the film gets the greenlight, here are five stories we think are fit for film.

Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire

Out of the Frying Pan

The two-parter that introduced the world to Gambit way back in 1990 would make for an excellent introduction to Tatum’s thieving charmer. This tale finds Gambit going up against the Shadow King, a telepath so powerful he doesn’t even need a physical body to cause trouble. In this comic book storyline, Gambit teams up with an adolescent Storm (she was temporarily de-aged, as is wont to happen in comics) for a number of Robin Hood-style capers. This story might work if Fox doesn’t want to hit the reboot button on Gambit. Taylor Kitsch initially played Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which took place in the late ’70s/early ’80s, so this story could be set in the same rough time period of X-Men Origins: Wolverine with a new actress playing a younger version of Halle Berry’s Storm.

The Hearts of Thieves

Heart of Thieves

Gambit needs a worthy adversary, and Liev Schreiber really deserves a chance to play a super villain in a good super hero movie. Thankfully, both Gambit and Sabretooth – who Schreiber played in the aforementioned X-Men Origins: Wolverine – have a history together. X-Men #33 tells the tale of a young Gambit, surviving on the streets of Paris, running scams and working for the Thieves Guild. The young Gambit runs afoul of the ferocious Sabretooth, who engineers a moral dilemma for the Ragin’ Cajun that mentally scars him for life. This Gambit movie could really hammer home his sordid past and heroic redemption by also including his next encounter with Sabretooth, when he recruited the murderer on behalf of Mr. Sinister to viciously attack the helpless Morlocks – but are movie-going audiences ready to see Tatum play a character with that much to atone for?

Honor Amongst Thieves

Honor Amongst Thieves

The X-Man’s first ever solo mini-series packs in all the elements essential to a Gambit film: New Orleans, thieves, assassins, intrigue and Rogue. When his ex-wife Bella Donna comes back from the dead, Gambit has to travel back to his hometown in order to keep the peace between the warring Thieves and Assassins Guilds. Once there, he stumbles across a fantastical plot involving immortal mutants and the elixir of life. By his side the entire time is his new girlfriend, Rogue, who gets way more information about Gambit’s seedy past than she bargained for. Just like Captain America: The Winter Soldier prominently featured Black Widow in the co-lead role, any Gambit film should include the southern bombshell.

The Man of Steal

Man of Steal

Along with Gambit’s first ongoing series in 1999 came a number of new supporting characters and adversaries. Creators Fabian Nicieza and Steve Skroce put this charming X-Man through his paces in every issue. Antagonizing him at every turn is the X-Cutioner, an ex-FBI agent with a full arsenal of extraterrestrial weapons to use in his one-man war against mutants. The series’ high action, explosive set pieces and thrilling cat-and-mouse chases would make for a great feature film. If it helps, Fox, artist Steve Skroce already has the action sequences storyboarded out in painstakingly awesome detail.

Once a Thief

Once a Thief

The opening arc of Gambit’s most recent ongoing series mixes a lot of story ingredients together into one tantalizing cocktail. Take some Indiana Jones style adventure, mix it with Alien style body horror, add copious amounts of James Bond-esque sexual intrigue, and top it all off with a few shower scenes and you’ve got quite possibly the perfect Gambit movie for a guy like Channing Tatum. This storyline really sells Gambit as a thief extraordinaire, a fact that sometimes gets lost in the midst of all the guilds and super heroics that sometimes crowd his solo romps.

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Comments

  • joe86

    Liev Schreiber already played a supervillain in a good superhero movie. It was called “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” In fact, it was one of the best superhero movies in recent years.

  • demoncat_4

    would love to have gambits first apperance start off a new x-men franchise espically with what the fx could do with gambits powers and the shadow king. though still think they should go with taylor instead of tantum who would make gambit almost come off a little stiff or too much of a pretty boy.

  • volfield

    you’re siryously saying xman origins was a good movies???? dear god….that was like the worst superheromovies ever made…are you sure you saw it??

  • Bigboi

    That Sh!t Was… Wel Sh!t….

  • Soup Owens-Fowler

    While X-Men Origins almost made me walk out of the theater due to the mishandling of Wade, you have to remember Batman and Robin, Catwoman, Elektra, and The Spirit exists. Yes, I almost walked out of Origins, but I couldn’t get through 5 minutes of any of those.

  • Soup Owens-Fowler

    Tatum actually has Cajun roots and wouldn’t drop the accent halfway through the movie.

  • demoncat_4

    or make it so think one could not understand him as gambit . we shall see if tantum does gambit solo or he pops up as part of a future x-men film . though fox could also use gambit to finaly bring mr. sinister into the xfilm universe too

  • FunnyFaceKing

    Lupita Nyong’o for younger Storm!

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  • Spike Valentine

    Wolverine/Gambit; Victims would be the best choice. God forbids there is a movie without Wolverine… plus, the story is a really good character piece.

  • Seachai Chan

    I know there has to be another actor out there who would be passionate about playing Gambit. It can’t just be Channing Tatum right?

  • Alex

    I have that Skroce #1. I can never find the issues after it for some reason.

  • JohnB

    Out of these I’d say “The Hearts of Thieves”
    it had the most depth required for a stand alone movie.
    But this would work best as a caper/noir movie