News has come down the wire that Magic Mike star Channing Tatum has been confirmed as Gambit in Bryan Singer’s follow-up to this summer’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past known as X-Men: Apocalypse AND a standalone X-Men film to be named later.
When X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner was asked how negotiations for the role with Tatum were going while on the red carpet for the London premiere of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, she told Total Film, “the talks are over in the best possible way.”
A little history on Gambit (for those of you not familiar)
Gambit hails from New Orleans and is fiercely proud of it AND his heavy Cajun accent. Gambit can use his mind to create, control and manipulate pure kinetic energy for anything he wants – and if that doesn’t get ya, he’s also one wicked card-thrower as well as a hand-to-hand combat and bo-handling bad ass.
When Shuler Donner was asked who she wanted to play Gambit, she simply said “It’s Channing,” and when pushed for more info, she said:
“Well you know, he’s a rogue — Channing — he’s a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau (Gambit’s alter ego), and he can handle the action, we all know that! And he’s got a really good heart. He’ll be great for Gambit and he’s a Southerner, too! He’s not from New Orleans, but he is a Southerner, and he understands that world.”
After Gambit makes his second on screen appearance in Days Of Future Past (the first time saw Taylor Kitsch in the role for X-Men Origins: Wolverine), it was learned that Tatum will play Gambit once again in a standalone film to be named later when Shuler Donner talked to THR on the red carpet for the New York premiere last Saturday night but was mum on the details.
When they asked Shuler Donner if there were “more X-Men stories she’s itching to tell, she said “There’s one I’m really itching to tell you about but I can’t. You’re gonna like it though. I guarantee you. It’s really different, but you’re going to like it.”
Seeing as Tatum had said last year in an interview he’d love to play Gambit in a movie, looks like dreams really do come true…and to be totally honest, I think he’s gonna be an awesome one.
But will we see Gambit and Rogue together this time around? It’s a mystery but we’ll find out when X-Men: Apocalypse opens sometime in 2016.
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