Shortly after it was http://movieweb.com/channing-tatum-confirmed-as-gambit-in-x-men-apocalypse/announced this morning that Channing Tatum will be playing Remy LeBeau, the Cajun mutant known as Gambit, in the upcoming franchise sequel X-Men: Apocalypse, THR confirms that the actor has officially signed a deal that will not only see him taking on a role in this upcoming ensemble, but also give him his own Gambit spin-off series.
Producer Lauren Shuler Donner broke the news last night on the international red carpet premiere for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Sources close to the deal reveal that Gambit is getting a standalone adventure directly following his introduction in X-Men: Apocalypse. The first of these spin-offs is in the early stages of development, and no director has been attached at this time.
This is what Lauren Shuler Donner had to say about casting Channing Tatum as Remy LeBeau.
"Well you know he's a rogue, Channing. He's a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau, and he can handle the action, we all know that. 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, and he's a southerner too, he's not from New Orleans but he is a southerner and he understands that world, and you know Gambit loves New Orleans."
Sources claim that this casting broke early to bring some positive news back to the franchise, after director Bryan Singer was accused of sexual misconduct with a minor last month, right before X-Men: Days of Future Past was set to debut in theaters.
""There's [an X-Men story] 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."
What do you think? Does Channing Tatum deserve his own X-Men solo saga? What other mutants do you hope join him in this standalone adventure?