In case you're unfamiliar with the X-Man character, Gambit (aka Remy LeBeau) was a slick street thief in New Orleans who discovered his mutant powers when he was a teen. Guess puberty was just full of surprises!
Shuler Donner said, "He's a rogue, Channing. He's a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau, and he can handle the action, we all know that. And he's got a really good heart, because I know him personally. I did a movie with him, so I think he'll be great. He'll be great for Gambit." (Tatum appeared in 2006's "She's the Man" with Amanda Bynes, which counts Shuler Donner among its producers.)
Total Film also got a good scoop on Gambit in 2013 when he talked about the character during an interview for "White House Down." If he were given a choice to play any superhero, he'd want to snag the role of Gambit.
"My dad's from New Orleans," Tatum said. "I like to do the Cajun accent, and I can do it for real. No knock on Taylor Kitsch at all, because I actually like his Gambit, but I've always lived in and around the Cajun people, and I would have liked to have seen... Gambit was always a woman-lovin', cigarette-smokin', drinkin', you know, he was the punk rock of all the superheroes. He's a thief. He kind of rode the line."
Kitsch played Gambit in 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," which was poorly received by fans and critics. However, it doesn't look like the Marvel universe will stop expanding any time soon, and fans do love Gambit. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" director Bryan Singer has said he's interested in bringing Gambit and Nightcrawler back for "X-Men: Apocalypse," but it's not clear if that's what Shuler Donner confirmed.
ScreenCrush confirmed with various sources (including Fox) that this will be a stand-alone "Gambit" movie. "While many have speculated that Tatum would join the cast of the upcoming 'Days of Future Past' sequel, 'X-Men: Apocalypse,' he is not yet attached to star in that film (though, there may be some kind of post-credits appearance). Tatum would instead star as Gambit in his own standalone 'X-Men' spinoff. Fox has announced their Marvel slate through 2018, with only one date not attached to a specific movie -- July 13, 2018 -- which, is likely reserved for Tatum's 'Gambit' film."
Either way, Tatum's dance card is very full. He's got the Cannes premiere of "Foxcatcher" on May 19, "22 Jump Street" opening on June 13, and "Jupiter Ascending" on July 18. Whew!
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