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Channing Tatum’s Gambit Deal Isn’t Done, But He’s ‘Dying’ to Play the X-Man

Channing Tatum’s deal to play Gambit, or “Chambit” as the kids call him, isn’t fully locked — but it’s close.

The actor spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about his developing involvement with Fox’s X-Men franchise, saying he hopes to be joining the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, but “everything’s not done yet” in terms of his contract.

“I’ve obviously been in talks, and we’re on the one-yard line,” he said. “I’m always afraid of being like, ‘Yes, it’s totally happening,’ and then it doesn’t happen.”

“I’m dying to do it,” he added.

Tatum’s comments come after Lauren Shuler Donner, longtime producer on the X-Men movies, confirmed he’ll be playing Gambit in an upcoming movie.

“He can handle the action, as we know, and he’s got a real good heart, I know him personally,” she said earlier in the month. “He’ll be great for Gambit, and he’s a Southerner too, he understands that world, and you know Gambit loves New Orleans.”


  • unpaidpundit

    What was wrong with Taylor Kitsch, who actually looked more like Gambit? If anything, Kitsch is probably a better actor, too.

  • Jay


    Taylor Kitsch can’t carry a solo Gambit film at the box office like Tatum (see John Carter). Even if that’s not due to his performance, no studio will give him the lead a 100+ million dollar budget film. Also Kitsch was Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but that timeline doesnt exist anymore. We don’t need any reminders from that film.

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  • Deucifer the Sixth

    Its not like Tatum is about to play Gambit in a solo film tho.

  • unpaidpundit

    “John Carter” was not entirely satisfying, but I don’t think it was horrible. And Kitsch was not bad in it. I acknowledge that Tatum is bigger box office, at this point.

  • Jay

    It’s not that John Carter was horrible. It was that it was big box office bomb. Gambit could potential get a solo film so I doubt Fox would give it to him at this point.

  • Jay

    If X-Men: Apocalypse is successful enough, and Gambit works well enough of as a character, then they will definitely release a solo film. Donner is probably trying to cast Tatum with that in mind.

  • Cyrano

    Sorry for Channing but he leaves me nevertheless completely indifferent, which automatically removes half of the success of a character