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Channing Tatum Wants ‘Gambit’ As a Standalone Movie

By now, it’s just a matter of time before Fox officially announces Channing Tatum as Gambit, a role the actor has said he’s dying to play. Now he’s speaking out once again, making it clear he’s not only interested in playing Gambit, but he wants to play him in a standalone film — not merely as part of an ensemble film like, say, X-Men: Apocalypse.

“We’ve talked about it being a standalone, first, and actually trying to change the ‘hero’ superhero movie,” Tatum told MTV. “Because Gambit is not your typical hero. He’s a thief. He walks on the gray. I’m hoping we can change it a little bit, and then ultimately feather into the other ones.”

For now, however, everything having to do with Gambit and Tatum is nothing more than a dream that may or may not (but probably will) come true.

“Creatively, we’re starting to chug forward. Obviously there’s nothing official,” he said. “There are only conversations and dreams right now, really.”


  • uatu13

    Good god no!

  • AzureXCrimson

    I get that Tatum is this mega super star at the moment, but I just don’t see him as Gambit. IMO opinion he just wants to join the “juggernaut” that is marvel studios. I HIGHLY doubt that he’s ever picked up a comicbook and actually red it. But I could be wrong. Not to mention that FOX is desperately wanting to expand their side of the marvel universe, heck at this pace I wouldn’t be surprised if we had a Mystique solo film. I just really think Tatum’s acting abilities are mediocre and limited, the guy does seem to play the exact role in every film. Whatever, it is what it is, anything to get an audience to see a movie.

  • Deucifer the Sixth

    Its not like portraying Gambit takes that much acting talent. And joining the X-Men franchise means he wouldn’t be joining the “juggernaut” that is Marvel Studios. They don’t make X-Men movies.

  • Alex Hayden

    I was against it, but… what the hell? They could do worse. Too bad the Gambit/Rogue pairing is out as long as it’s in the same timeline/universe as the other X-films.

  • AzureXCrimson

    Let’s face it the marvel logo is CLEARLY displayed during the opening, right? And yes, I’m 100% sure it doesn’t take a Meryl Streep to portray an X-Men. But all I’m saying is that Tatum will (for me) bring nothing new to the character.

  • Deucifer the Sixth

    So? It’d be a superhero movie centered around Gambit, why would he have to bring something new to the character? It doesn’t have to be Oscar-worthy movie to be entertaining.

  • DaydreamerFoxyLady

    he should be a part the ensemble cast first and then get a solo outing is successful enough

  • Jason M Bryant

    I decided to give Channing Tatum more of a chance after I saw him in “This is the End.”

  • Steve

    It’s not so much that I’m against Channing Tatum playing Gambit, its that I don’t like Gambit as a character and will not waste my time or money on a movie based on him.

  • penguintruth

    Uh, yeah, nobody anywhere wants a stand-alone Gambit movie, except Tatum.

  • Brett Spears

    I’m guessing Channing loved the X-Men cartoon as a kid.

  • cajunpirate

    All for it. I’m a big Gambit fan, and will see the movie as an ensemble or stand-alone.