Channing Tatum On Board to Play X-Men’s Gambit in Solo Movie

Published 8 months ago by , Updated May 14th, 2014 at 10:11 am,

Channing Tatum starring as Gambit in X Men Movie Channing Tatum On Board to Play X Mens Gambit in Solo Movie

This is pretty much X-Men movie news week, starting with big reveals for X-Men: Days of Future Past (which are explained in the video down below), but also looking well beyond Fox’s pivotal (and risky) entry into the shared movie universe model, which is earning billions in box office revenue for Marvel Studios.

If you haven’t caught up, check out our full X-Men movie coverage, but even if you’re new to this geek party, this news will probably raise your eyebrow: X-Men movie producer Lauren Shuler is teasing that she has none other than Channing Tatum in the bag to play Gambit, in a solo movie presumably set within the expanded X-Men universe.

Empire has been rolling out the X-Men movie headlines all week, so it makes sense that the magazine has this explosive quote from Shuler:

“I’m dying to do a Gambit movie with Channing Tatum. That doesn’t have to be a great big movie. It’s a thief in New Orleans, it’s a whole different story. He’s on board, and I have to get the studio on board. How can anyone resist Channing? He’s such a sweetheart.”

Channing Tatum as Gambit Channing Tatum On Board to Play X Mens Gambit in Solo Movie

Tatum has previously gone on record to say he’d love to play Gambit, and since he is probably THE hot leading man of the moment, it makes sense that Shuler would listen.

For all the continued (and by now, baffling) hate that he gets, Tatum has practically acted his way all across the board – drama, romance, action, thriller, comedy, man-beef erotica – and surprised critics almost every time. So while at first it may be hard for a cynical mind to imagine Duke from G.I. Joe rockin’ a Cajun accent, it could done, I guess..

Tatum is about to crash the sci-fi/geek genre in a big way with this year’s Jupiter Ascending, the new film from The Wachowskis (Matrix Trilogy), so provided he surprises again, he could be in just the right place for a big X-Men movie debut. The question now is: When would we get this Gambit movie?

Days of Future Past hits theaters this summer, then X-Men: Apocalypse arrives in 2016; X-Force and other projects (like Deadpool) are still on deck, so if Fox follows the Marvel model and releases multiple films per year in the X universe, then it all really depends on scheduling with Tatum.

Gambit Movie Assassins Guild Channing Tatum On Board to Play X Mens Gambit in Solo Movie

It’s a good sign that Shuler is talking a smaller scale of film. Tatum has done plenty of that (see: Haywire) and really, Gambit’s story of coming up in the world of Thieves Guild vs. Assassin’s Guild rivalry is probably something you could do in the style and budget of Haywire ($23million) – with the added inflation of all those mutant powers and such (so let’s say… $50 million). Who knows? with a headlining actor, modest budget and a different (darker?) sort of tone… maybe this safer bet would provide way for Deadpool to finally get his day?

Of course, the presence of Taylor Kitsch in X-Men Origins: Wolverine would mean yet another continuity snag to clean up. Bryan Singer and writer Simon Kinberg better pull off some time travel acrobatics in Days of Future Past in order to get this all straightened out.

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WATCH: Breakdown of X-Men: Days of Future Past Characters

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Look for X-Men: Days of Future Past when it opens in 2D and 3D theaters on May 23rd, 2014.

Source: Empire

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  1. Worst decision made by a casting director ever. Just bring back Taylor Kitsch.

    • apparently you have missed both of the amazing spider man catastrophes

    • I agree. No doubt!

  2. ok so i see there’s quite a bit of a debate going on between whether tatum or kitsch or a newcomer.
    well right out the door i would have to say no to kitsch for 1 being his lack of accent and lack of effort for it.
    2 his presence did not have the darkness that follows gambit and i just do not believe he would be able to make it happen in this film .
    now as for tatum while his build is a bit bigger than gambits we live in a beautiful age of technology and making him a bit slimmer would not be that difficult to do whether it be some sort of physical change or a digital one.
    not to mention gambit for the most part is hardly seen as skinny until his action sequences in which a stunt double will most likely be used one that’s a bit slimmer so that when gambit’s signature trench coat waves in the wind as he jumps and fights it’ll seem to fit the character nicely let’s just pray that this gambit movie has better cgi than origins along with a better budget.

    Gambit has been a favorite of mine since i picked up my first comic book i’m from Louisiana and have a strong relation to this character in many ways reading his lines in the comics listening to him on the animated series you get an idea of what gambit is supposed to sound like and kitsch didnt come anywhere close there was nothing cajun about him not the way he spoke not the way he carried himself gambit was the whole reason i went to see origins and kitsch’s performance lacked so much i left feeling i wasted my money to see a gambit in any kind of movie i didn’t care if it was about wolverine all i knew is gambit was going to be in it so i was going to see it .

    i really do not care who plays gambit hollywood has gotten so impressive with their makeup and prosthetic’s that they could have chistopher walken look like gambit if they wanted to so truely the key is all in the accent and acting and for those who say tatum can’t act there have been a few moments where he’s been spot on with his acting this could be one of those movies kitsch had his shot he failed maybe tatum can fill the boots of gambit maybe he can’t but im willing to give him a shot and try it’s not like we havent been surprised by actors before and just the fact that tatum can do somewhat of a cajun accent and any improvement on what they called gambit in origin’s is better than no improvement at all

    lets hope for the fans sake they get gambits powers right this time too
    but thats all up to the screenwriter and director

  3. Although I think Tatum is good actor, I believe the Gambit that played in the Origins of Wolverine is the PERFECT GAMBIT….PERIOD, he was already introduced as Gambit and should have first crack at it, his attitude, voice, style, everything says Gambit.

  4. Dear god… Channing Tatum?!? She cannot be serious. That has to be the worst casting in the history of film aside from Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Gambit has an angular face and a more exotic/ethnic look. Tatum is your standard fat faced bro… Pretty much the opposite look.