Channing Tatum Could Be Gambit in ‘X-Men’ Spin-Off

The actor professes his love for this Southern-born mutant, who walks a fine line between being a hero and a villain.
The actor professes his love for this Southern-born mutant, who walks a fine line between being a hero and a villain.

Channing Tatum has conquered practically every genre there is, starring in hit comedies (21 Jump Street), action movies (White House Down), romantic dramas (Dear John) and even male-stripper dramas (Magic Mike). However, he has yet to appear in a superhero movie, and the actor has previously revealed he wants to play Gambit in a future X-Men movie. How close is this to actually happening? The actor recently spoke with MTV, where he revealed that he has actually met with X-Men: Days of Future Past producer Lauren Shuler Donner about playing the Cajun mutant.

"I met with Lauren Shuler Donner. And I would love it. Gambit is really the only X-Man I've ever loved. I mean I've loved them all, they're all great, but I guess from being down south - my dad's from Louisiana, I'm from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida - I don't know. I just related to him. He's just kind of suave... He's the most un X-Men X-Man that's ever been in X-Men. Other than maybe Wolverine, who's like the anti-hero. He's a thief. He's not even a hero. He's kind of walking the line of grey. He loves women and drinking and smoking and stuff so he's just a cool guy who happens to have a moral center. I hope it [comes together]. You never know it's a weird industry. If the stars align, I would die to play it. I'm already working on the accent. It's crappy at the moment."

Lauren Shuler Donner herself revealed in a January interview with Empire that she would love to make a Gambit movie with the actor.

"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."

X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer also revealed last month that he is considering bringing the character in to X-Men: Apocalypse, which may also feature a young Nightcrawler. That project is said to be more of a sequel to 2011's X-Men: First Class, which is set in the 1980s. Gambit was previously played by Taylor Kitsch in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Would you be interested in seeing Channing Tatum as Gambit in either his own stand-alone movie or in 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse? Chime in with your thoughts below.

Sources: MTV, Empire

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  1. hi

    11 months agoby @profile-13690654Flag

  2. artkid04

    I heard Bryan wanted him to play the part back when he was going to direct x-men 3, I like him, I think he'd be good in the role

    11 months agoby @artkid04Flag

  3. The_Crow2k

    How about....a big fat 'No'?

    11 months agoby @the-crow2kFlag

  4. WongFu

    Ill give him a chance. The Twilight Saga was badly written.
    Hence the reason for all the actors who seemed off.
    it should have been told in one book.
    Channing seems better fited for his current films.

    11 months agoby @instead8909Flag

  5. John M

    Channing Tatum certainly wouldn't be my first choice to play the character, but I am willing to give the actor a chance as I am happy to read about his love for Gambit, and he's a far better actor than Taylor Kitsch. Plus he brings much needed star power to the character which could open doors for Gambit to have his own film done the line.

    11 months agoby @john-mFlag

  6. John M

    @spider-one: Remy Lebeau is my favorite Marvel character, and Taylor Kitsch did a terrible job in his performance, and Taylor Kitsch is an average actor at best.

    11 months agoby @john-mFlag

  7. Mka47

    how is Lauren Shuler Donner still employed?

    11 months agoby @mka47Flag

  8. Sam Will

    He is the man!!

    11 months agoby @crazy-daveFlag

  9. undeadslayer4

    @phatalphd i prefer the gambit from origins better either that tatum better not ruin this

    11 months agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  10. undeadslayer4

    @EmmyttWolfe thank u i accept ur apology at least ur the only one who actually admits their mistakes

    11 months agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  11. phatalphd

    I'd take it! Im liking tatum a lot more these days now that he's off doing solely chick flicks

    11 months agoby @phatalphdFlag

  12. ed_wood

    I'm leaning towards 'no' on this one.

    11 months agoby @ed-woodFlag

  13. CoreyB

    Only if he uses the line "my name Jeff..."

    11 months agoby @CoreyBFlag

  14. SpideR-OnE

    hell no!! hope Taylor Kitsch own the role for a long time

    11 months agoby @spider-oneFlag

  15. Whiskeythieves

    Gawd no!!

    11 months agoby @whiskeythievesFlag

  16. EmmyttWolfe

    @undeadslayer4 If I said anything stupid or hurtful in the past then I apologize. I have said allot of stupid sh*t...but even still I have learned so should you.

    11 months agoby @EmmyttWolfeFlag

  17. cvnt$top


    11 months agoby @cvntstopFlag

  18. undeadslayer4

    @EmmyttWolfe well ur the one whose been saying that in the past so not my problem

    11 months agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  19. undeadslayer4

    @Dr-Devious why dont u mr.stickman

    11 months agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  20. the-wolverine

    No Way. I'm with @ObiWanShinobi.

    11 months agoby @the-wolverineFlag

  21. ObiWanShinobi

    First Class is the only TRUE gem.

    X1 & 2 were okay. @Dr-Devious

    11 months agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  22. Erikajinx

    Key words "could be" not "will be" in others no find someone else

    11 months agoby @ErikajinxFlag

  23. Dr-Devious

    @ObiWanShinobi I totally agree with you there! Every single one of the x men movies has felt like smallville with a bigger budget. Theres been a few good points but on the whole there really bad movies!
    @undeadslayer4 Shut up

    11 months agoby @Dr-DeviousFlag

  24. EmmyttWolfe

    @undeadslayer4@ObiWanShinobi I agree. Fox is trash and always has been. As for that keep your opinion to your stuff bs you said undead how about no? Everyone including yourself can say whatever they like.

    11 months agoby @EmmyttWolfeFlag

  25. artkid04

    I think fox is getting back on track with this series, and Channing is doing a lot better in the acting department lately, I'd be real excited to see either a gambit spinoff or an appearance of gambit in X-men Apocalypse

    11 months agoby @artkid04Flag

  26. undeadslayer4

    @ObiWanShinobi theres nothing wrong with fox keep ur opinions to ur self

    11 months agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  27. ObiWanShinobi

    This is why X-Men needs to go back to Marvel & get the f*ck away from FOX.

    11 months agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

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