Channing Tatum Talks Gambit’s Movie Costume and Origins

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With X-Men: Days of Future Past entering its third weekend in theaters worldwide, after having already broke the franchise’s box office record – earning $500 million in its first nine days – buzz is as high as ever for the mutant superhero franchise and its future. Twentieth Century Fox, banking heavily on the financial and critical success of the latest X-Men team-up, had already planned a followup for 2016 (X-Men: Apocalypse) as well as another Wolverine movie the following year – but that’s not all the producers are planning.

In addition to having a screenplay ready to go for a long-in-development Deadpool movie starring Ryan Reynolds and directed by Tim Miller, and a script in the works by Jeff Wadlow for an X-Force movie, X-Men franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner has been in talks with Channing Tatum about bringing him into the franchise as a key player down the road – to star in his own Gambit movie and eventually join the superhero team as well.

For Tatum, he’s hoping for a solo standalone origins movie first, to flesh out the questionable history of the thief Remy LeBeau, before he turns a leaf and becomes a big part of the X-Men.

Gambit Marvel Comics X Men Art Channing Tatum Talks Gambits Movie Costume and Origins

It’s just talks at this stage, and while the producers have essentially confirmed Tatum’s involvement, nothing is signed just yet. Our own Kofi Outlaw chatted with Channing Tatum earlier today for 22 Jump Street and brought up Singer’s desire to include Gambit in X-Men: Apocalypse.

“I would do anything to be in those movies. I mean, I love the Marvel world and what they’ve created as a real brand and they’ve sort of changed the face of the industry. I would be in anything they put up, especially Gambit.”

In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, we met a young Remy LeBeau (played by Taylor Kitsch) who existed outside of the X-Men team and rocked a long leather jacket, a purple vest and a bowler hat. He had his staff to use as a weapon and his introductory scene involved his trademark throwing cards, but we can expect to get a little more as the character is re-introduced in future films.

‘He’s kind of really known for having this headpiece that you gotta figure out,” says Tatum when asked about the costume he might eventually sport, building off of Jonah Hill’s mention of the leather jacket. Tatum warns that you can’t just introduce him in his full costume from the books as that wouldn’t quite make sense. “It’s gonna be a slow figuring out of the design,” he warns of the planning of his outfits:

“You kind of have to slowly massage it into a world you believe and that is honest to what the actual property and what the history of the character was… People know and love this character so you have to be honest to what it was in the comics, and you also have to give them something they believe and that they’re not expecting. And so, it’s a really delicate line to walk on and we’re just going to take our time and figure it out.”

At the moment, no Gambit movie has been scheduled or even announced, the same story for Deadpool, X-Force and Mystique – all of which have been a talking point from the franchise producers and writers. There is however, an unannounced X-Men project coming in 2018, two years after X-Men: Apocalypse (which of course is two years after Days of Future Past) and producer Donner did tease a “secret” project she was excited to talk more about in the future while promoting this year’s X-Men installment.

X Men Marvel Comics Gambit Art 1996 Channing Tatum Talks Gambits Movie Costume and Origins

Art by Julie Bell

If Tatum gets his way and has a solo effort first as the Ragin’ Cajun, it could be a few years down the road, possibly 2018 at the earliest unless the studio adds to its schedule and aims for two X-movies per year. With how the story of X-Men: Days of Future Past concluded, there are endless possibilities for future installments, in various time periods or with various teams. Would you like to see Gambit get his own movie before joining the X-Men? What costume should he wear as a thief, before joining the team?


More: Gambit Solo Movie Before X-Men?


X-Men: Days of Future Past is currently in theaters worldwide. Fantastic Four releases June 19th, 2015, X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016, The Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3rd, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on July 14th, 2017, and an unspecified Marvel film on July 13th, 2018.

22 Jump Street will be in theaters on June 13, 2014.

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  1. Does this mean that Gambit’s arrival will be the undoing of Rogue’s and Iceman’s relationship. This is the point where Ice Man leaves then X-men and joins Spideman and becomes one of Spiderman’s amazing friends with Firestar

  2. I’d love to see a stand alone Gambit movie. I’ve always felt he would wear something more inconspicuous than bright pink and blue. The X-Men Origin’s Wolverine incarnation wasn’t far off -costume wise. Deadpool is also a long time coming. Ryan Reynold’s is perfect as Deadpool. Ms. Marvel would be great too with Katee Sackhoff and then you could implement a Rogue story line that incorporates her acquisition of Marvel’s powers.

    • The Ms Marvel/Rouge story would be awesome! But marvel has Carole. :(

      Any idea of a powerful stand in?

    • Make a mask that is functional in keeping his hair from his face, but doesn’t look silly as it does in the comics, have a shorter trenchcoat (down to just under his asscheeks at the very longest)with rolled up sleeves and have it be full of pockets with lockpicks and playing cards and various thief equipment so that it too has a function. The gloves can still look pretty much the same. Black pants with slim leatherboots in a sort of ninja-ish style and then change the pink armour to a deep purple tight shirt and you’ve solved that problem and still remain faithful to the look.

  3. “It’s gonna be a slow figuring out of the design”. You’re telling me. The X-Men movies have been around for 14 years and they still haven’t figured out the damn costumes. No way Gambit is going to look remotely close to his comic counterpart.

    • Agreed

    • Judging by Fox’s take on comic canon Gambit will probably be a french Canadian robot who throws magically charged greeting cards. And why? Who knows? Fox just loves changing inconsequential details of established characters and story lines just because they can.

      Also, he’ll probably have a big floppy hood because… mysterious.

      • ^This guy gets it ^^^^

  4. I was horrified at the news. I have a strong dislike of Tatum and he is the last person I’d choose to play Gambit, especially because he is probably my favourite member of the X-Men. The least they could do is give the design longer hair. Whatever it tales to hide his ears..

  5. Im all down for gambit as long as hes not depicted as a saints fan those folks are damn annoying

  6. Which costume though? Gambit has a lot of incantations.

    • hahaha… I thought the same thing.

    • Personally, I like the scarf look the best. It seems to fit in with this world better than the pink chest plate and the metal knee-high boots. But as long as he wears a duster and throws cards, I’m mostly good. I didn’t hate what they did with Taylor Kitsch, really. They played him up as a gambler and his costume reflected that while still looking Gambit-ish. I just wish they had either helped him with his accent or lost it altogether. He goes from Cajun, to generic southern, to nothing at all and isn’t very consistent.

  7. channing tatum?
    captain personality himself ?
    sounds like another x men money sink in the making

    • Channing Tatum has so far not made a movie that hasn’t been profitable except for Jupiter Ascending, and that was because people are losing faith in the Wachowskis, the release was delayed, and the reviews are saying the plot is ridiculous. It’s probably only made as much money as it has because of Tatum and Mila Kunis. Your predicition that Tatum’s Gambit movie will fail is pretty ignorant considering he’s one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood right now. Whether you end up loving or hating the Gambit movie, or something in between, it will make money.

  8. Frankly after seeing the sketches above, Ian Somerhalder would make a better GAMBIT. A bit short but the eyes and attitude are a better fit.

  9. Ian Somerhalder is even from Louisiana.

  10. Ian Somerhalder has a really angular face and eyes that are really close together and watery. He looks like he’s constantly on drugs and he’s not that great of an actor. I don’t want him anywhere near Gambit.

  11. Original outfit and hair from Uncanny X-men 266.

  12. I think that Tatum isa great actor and perfect for the role of Gambit.. Somehalder is not even a real actor and u all have tostop wanna make him a part of every movie. Tatum is perfect.. the only problem i have is that there wont be a rogue in this movie

  13. Tatums role is making me excited! He’s back on the grind! I have went through an article saying the release date of Gambit at Tatum’s awesome pics too! Tatum deserves the role!

    • What a stupid thing to start a petition over. Just a way to vent fanboy butthurt because they didn’t go with whoever you wanted, and you think your opinion should be universal law. Guess what, genius: Tatum is the whole reason a Gambit movie is being made at all after X-Men Origins: Wolverine almost ruined any chance of seeing him in a movie again. You’re basically petitioning FOX to not even bother making a Gambit movie, and all because you’re too myopic to give Channing Tatum a fair shot before judging a movie that hasn’t been made yet.
      Your petition will amount to nothing, but it’s still a really douchey move to try and ruin the Gambit movie for the majority of people who are excited about it.