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Channing Tatum Confirmed as Gambit?

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Just as X-Men franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner has been vocal about her desire for Channing Tatum to play Gambit in a solo film, the actor has made no secret of his interest in the role, confirming just last month that the two have at least met about the possibility. But Shuler Donner may have just have confirmed his involvement in the unannounced project — emphasis on may.

Appearing at a press event for X-Men: Days of Future Past, the producer was asked by Total Film what kind of actor she’s looking for to play Gambit. Her immediate response: “It is Channing, yes, yes.”

“Well, you know, he’s a rogue, he’s a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau,” said Shuler Donner, explaining why Tatum is right for the role. “He can handle the action, as we know, and he’s got a real good heart, I know him personally. He’ll be great for Gambit, and he’s a Southerner too, he understands that world, and you know Gambit loves New Orleans.”

While she’s certainly enthusiastic about Tatum, and about Gambit, it’s not exactly clear whether Shuler Donner is actually announcing the actor’s attachment to the project, which seems unlikely to even have a script yet, or merely saying he’s the one she wants. It’s not unusual for a producer or director to zero in on actor, and even develop a film with him in mind; it is, however, rare that a significant casting announcement is blurted out on the red — or in this case blue — carpet.

Watch the video below and judge for yourself. In the meantime, we’ll keep an eye out for confirmation, or clarification, from Shuler Donner or Fox.

(T.J. Dietsch contributed to this post.)


  • Joseph

    It should be clear to anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of the English language that she is not confirming Tatum as Gambit.

  • Dave

    Whilst there is some wiggle-room due to a poor leading question, phrases like “It is Channing, yes, yes.” and “He’ll be great for Gambit” (as opposed to “He’d be great..”) seem to suggest that she is, indeed, confirming it. The exchange at 32s “so that’s confirmed? Yes.” also seems to indicate that.. but that’s just my ‘rudimentary’ understanding. (watch me get shot down now when the studio do a u-turn over the next few days..)

  • Richard Casey

    Yeah, I can’t see a producer as experienced as her letting something like this slip.

  • Brian White

    I wonder if Tatum can sound like a Cajun. I thought as poor as that Wolverine movie was the Taylor Kitsch Gambit was one of the better castings, better even than Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool. He looked perfect and even the voice was pretty good.

  • Michael Burgess

    OK, I understand X-Men Origins: Wolverine was mostly disliked (even though I vactually enjoyed it) but I actually thought Taylor Kitsch was really good as Gambit and he obviously worked very hard at being the best Gambit he could be. His mannerism was perfect and he even did a really good Cajun accent. With a better script and more screen time, I believe he could really kick some ass with another turn as the Ragin Cajun.

    The problem is that Gambit was (and still is) the singular most requested mutant to appear on screen and expectations are high, higher I think than expectations for Wolverine in the first X-Men movie. That leads to more nitpicking on the character and how we as fans expect Gambit to be acted. I just can’t see Channing Tatum as Gambit. I COULD see him as Cyclops. If this were being made 10-15 years ago, Harry Connic JR would have been my first choice, he looked just like Gambit.

    Actually, I take that back, he STILL looks like him. Put him (or Kitsch) together with a more trixter version of Nightcrawler (as opposed to Alan Cummings well done religious version from X-Men 2) and lock them in a room with Wolverine. I’d pay to see that.

  • lewis4510

    It’s been confirmed that he’ll playing Gambit.

  • Chuck777

    He needed far more practice with his accent but that can come with time and money. He looked the part.

    Channing… Just no.

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  • Living The Geek Life

    I hadn’t considered Harry Connick. Interesting idea that could totally work, if you ask me!

  • Tommy Rankin

    I think this is more that Tatum wants to play the role and Shuler-Donner wants him in that role so it’s almost as good as confirmed that he’ll be playing the Cajun BUT of course as long as there isn’t even a script or production been started there probably isn’t any contract yet and thus things could change. But if nothing outside interferes then we’ll get Tatum as the Cajun.

  • Thipp

    In a movie filled with low points I felt that Taylor Kitch’s Gambit was the lowest, even worse than Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool (which was awful). His accent changed from one line to the next and there was nothing the tiniest bit badass about the character which seemed crazy since Gambit is supposed to be a total badass.