2016 is going to be a very big year for comic book movies. As Marvel Studios unleashes two films – Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange – and Warner Bros. expands the DC Cinematic Universe with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, 20th Century Fox will be releasing three new movies: X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, and Gambit.
Seeing as X-Men: Apocalypse is currently in production and Deadpool recently wrapped filming, a ton of new information has been released about both movies, both officially and unofficially. However, Channing Tatum’s Gambit spinoff is still in its early stages, only recently landing Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) as the director. The movie has a long way to go, but for many fans, one big question remains: What will Tatum’s Cajun accent sound like? According to the actor, not even he’s sure what it’ll sound like just yet.
Even though Gambit has incredible agility and his mutant power allows him to turn objects into explosives, his strong Cajun accent is one of his most memorable qualities. While speaking with DigitalSpy, Channing Tatum said he’s yet to lock down a specific voice for Gambit:
“It’s all being worked on at the moment. I’m from the south, so I know who to go to to find the accent. I haven’t found ‘the guy’ yet, because generally that’s how I do accents. I’ll find the person that I want to sound like and not just do a generic Cajun accent. So I haven’t found the guy yet.”
Obviously, the accent has the ability to make or break Channing Tatum’s performance as Gambit. Even if the actor’s use of emotion is excellent, it’ll be difficult to let Gambit’s story really connect if the voice sounds off or too over-the-top. Considering he’s yet to decide on the voice, it’s safe to assume he and the other people behind this movie recognize just how important this element is.
DigitalSpy also interviewed producer Reid Carolin and asked him just how connected Gambit will be to the rest of the X-Men Cinematic Universe. According to Carolin, they’re still working that out, but they would like to have Gambit eventually interacting with the other X-Men characters:
“You know, I think that’s sort of an evolving conversation – we’re kind of figuring that out as we go. But this is a standalone movie and it’s the story of Gambit and we’ll probably gradually integrate that character into the X-Men universe as we go. And as far as what characters from the X-Men universe make it into the movie — we’re not exactly sure yet, so we’re figuring it out. It’s still at the script stage.“
It’s safe to assume Gambit’s future – as well as Deadpool’s – will depend heavily on just how much the movie earns at the box office. Even though X-Men: Apocalypse marks the end of the trilogy that started with X-Men: First Class and Hugh Jackman claims he’s done with Wolverine after Wolverine 3, Deadpool and Gambit absolutely have the potential to generate sequels and have several characters crossover. Both characters have a whole lot of history and their stories have often included several heroes and villains that Fox would be able to use.
As for Gambit’s upcoming origin story in New Orleans, Carolin said he believes Gambit fans will be happy with the creative choices that were taken by writer Joshua Zetumer. Changes from the source material are common – movies have a limited amount of time to tell a story, but comics can take place over several months and connect to other titles and an incredibly rich history – but only time will tell as to whether or not Zetumer’s changes feel natural. 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine left many fans feeling skeptical about Fox’s handling of the X-Men properties, but X-Men: First Class, The Wolverine, and especially X-Men: Days of Future Past have restored confidence for many in Fox.
When asked about Gambit’s classic, pink costume, Tatum seemed to imply Gambit’s movie costume won’t be as colorful as the one often seen in comics and TV shows:
“You can’t just do it how people think – you want to give it some base in reality. If you do do it, you got to make it sort of relative to reality.”
While Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool costume is fully embracing the look from the comics – the only noticeable change being the color of the gloves – it sounds like Gambit’s movie costume will be a new look that draws some inspiration from the comics. That said, Gambit is still in the very early stages, so there’s plenty of changes that could be made before we see any images of Tatum in costume. As of right now, it’s unclear just how much Gambit’s movie attire will take from the bright look in the comics.
Fantastic Four opens on August 7, 2015; Deadpool on February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit on October 7, 2016; Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3, 2017;Fantastic Four 2 on June 9, 2017; and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13, 2018.