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

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 ? 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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