Did you know that Channing Tatum is apparently a big fan of X-Man Remy LeBeau, aka Gambit? So much so that he apparently sought the role out before ultimately being cast as the character in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, with a standalone film for the character also standing as a possibility.
Recently, Tatum spoke with MTV about how Gambit will be brought to life in the sequel to the highly-acclaimed X-Men: Days of Future Past, and it sounds like the character may be introduced on a slower burn, without immediately appearing as the familiar card-slinging Cajun. He said,
I don’t want to give too much away because we don’t know that much right now other than who Gambit is. We really do want to try our hardest to give something fresh. We’ll, obviously, go to the ‘saving-the-world superhero’ movies eventually, but maybe not for the first one, you know? We kind of want to introduce this character in a very different way. When you try to do something different, you never really know, right off the bat, what that is. We’re feeling our way into it. We really just gotta prove that concept of that person.
Gambit was created by best-selling X-Men creative team Chris Claremont and Jim Lee in 1990, making a cameo in an Uncanny X-Men Annual issue before making a full appearance in Uncanny X-Men #266. His mutant ability is rather unique, in that he has control over potential energy and kinetic energy. By touching an object, he can force these energies into it and cause a pretty devastating explosion. The primary way that he uses this power in an offensive capacity is by channeling the energy into playing cards, throwing them at objects or enemies and basically turning them into a mild kind of kinetic energy-based grenade. He’s also extraordinarily acrobatic, and is just one charming son-of-a-gun.
Many fans will likely remember Gambit’s appearances on the 1990’s X-Men animated series, in which he was a featured character. He was alluded to in Bryan Singer’s X2, and was slated to appear in Singer’s third mutant-based film, which ultimately didn’t happen when Brett Ratner replaced him as director. He ultimately made his first film appearance in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where he was played by actor Taylor Kitsch (“Friday Night Lights”), and helped Wolverine strike back at William Stryker.
After the events of Days of Future Past, where pretty much the entire continuity of the film series after the events of DOFP have been altered, Apocalypse is free to introduce Gambit in any way the creative team sees fit, without having to adhere to what was established in the first Wolverine film now that it’s apocryphal. We’ll have to see how things progress, so be sure to keep your eye on GeekNation for any new developments with the X-Men.
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