Channing Tatum may star as Gambit in X-Men spin-off

16 April 2014

Could Fox be making a Gamble?

Channing Tatum has met with executives about a possible X-Men spin-off movie in which he would play mutant superhero Gambit, it has been reported.

Tatum confirmed he had discussed the possibility, and reiterated his enthusiasm for the character.

Speaking to MTV, the Magic Mike star said:

"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. 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".

Last week, 20th Century Fox producers confirmed that they were planning a number of X-Men spin-off movies, including a potential Mystique movie starring Jennifer Lawrence.

Fox, who own the rights to Marvel’s X-Men characters, are looking to expand their universe with the characters, in similar world-building approaches to Sony’s Spider-Man series and the Avengers franchise from Disney-owned Marvel Studios.

Bryan Singer, who has directed the forthcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, suggested that Gambit could appear in the sequel X-Men: Apocalypse, due out in 2016.

Gambit has previously only appeared on screen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, played by Taylor Kitsch.

[Source: Den of Geek]