Gambit is a loved by many X-Men fans. The character first appeared on the silver screen in X-Men: Origins Wolverine where he was played by Taylor Kitsch. People have talked about a spinoff for years, a standalone Gambit film, however, seems to be back in the works. Lauren Shuler Donner, X-Men Producer, state in a recent interview with Empire Magazine, that Channing Tatum is on board to take on the lead role.
I’m dying to do a Gambit movie with Channing Tatum. 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.”
During a press conference last year, Tatum said commented on playing the role of gambit and this is what he had to say said at the time,
I would like to play Gambit. Gambit’s my favourite. 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.
No knock on Taylor Kitsch, though, ’cause I actually like his Gambit, but I’ve always lived around Cajun people. Gambit was always like the woman-loving, cigarette-smoking, drinking guy. He was the punk rock of all the superheroes. He’s a thief. He kind of rode the line.”
I personally, have mixed feelings about this. On one hand Channing has grown as an actor. I really enjoyed his role in Haywire and his 21 (and soon to be 22) Jump Street success is doing great things for his career. I’ll be going into this with a skeptical smirk on my face hopefully to come out of it with a smile. Lets just hope that we’re not all ready to riot in the streets after his performance (If the film does so happen to make it’s way to theaters.)