Channing Tatum Joins 20th Century Fox's X-MEN Franchise as Gambit
At the London premiere of Fox's latest X-Men movie Days of Future Past, producer Lauren Shuler Donner confirmed the recent rumor that Channing Tatum (White House Down, G.I. Joe, Magic Mike) will play the mutant Gambit in a standalone superhero film.
"He’s a rogue, Channing.. he’s a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau," Donner told reporters. "And he can handle the action, we all know that and he’s got a really good heart. I think he’ll be great for Gambit. And he’s a southerner too, he understands that world.. and you know Gambit loves New Orleans."
Tatum himself has expressed interest in playing the kinetic-energy powered, card throwing mutant. In an interview with MTV News, he said: "Gambit is the only X-Man I’ve ever loved. I mean, I’ve loved them all, they’re all great, but I guess just being from down South. My dad’s from Louisiana, I’m from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida. I just related to him.. I would die to play him."
Several reports state that Gambit, who previously appeared in the critically panned X-Men Origins: Wolverine played by Taylor Kitsch, will be introduced in the 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse and that will lead to a solo adventure. This will make Tatum only the second actor in Fox's X-Men movie-verse to headline his own project, the first being Hugh Jackman who has starred in two Wolverine films with a third planned for 2017 release.
X-Men: Days of Future Past stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, Nicholas Hoult, Shawn Ashmore, Evan Peters, Anna Paquin, Omar Sy, Halle Berry, Lucas Till, Daniel Cudmore, Booboo Stewart, Bingbing Fan, Adan Canto, Josh Helman, Evan Jonigkeit and Peter Dinklage. Bryan Singer (X-Men, X-Men 2, Superman Returns and Jack the Giant Slayer) will direct the film off a screenplay by Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes, This Means War, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). 20th Century Fox has scheduled the film for theatrical release on May 23rd, 2014.