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

Published 1 year 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


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. I am Brian Alex Clark and I approve of this message.

    • I am not, but I approve this message anyways.

  2. This must not be allowed to happen. The only decent part of any of his movies is when he dies.

  3. I’m in. He has polished his acting chops a bit since he started. Plus he looks the part and is from the New Orleans area.

    Just don’t give him the long hair like above. looks dorky.

    • Channing Tatum was born in Alabama and grew up in Mississippi. That is NOT the New Orleans area.

      • You are correct. I just fact checked. I heard in an interview one time when he was talking about wanting to play Gambit he said that he lived in the area so he could do the accent….I do remember him saying he grew up in the bayous too. I thought he meant the bayous of New Orleans

        Guess he meant that since he grew up in the deep south and the Mississippi bayous (which are located near the Mississippi river and very close to New Orleans and are known to have a lot of Cajun and Creole culture) then he felt he could do the character justice since Gambit grew up near the bayous.

        He DID grow up in the bayous near the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River does cut through New Orleans and borders the west coast of Mississippi which is where Louisiana is. I think where Tatum grew up (bayous on the Mississippi) qualifies him to know a good deal about Cajun/Creole culture and the area and he did live right across the river from Louisiana near New Orleans.

    • Agree on all your points, Clay. Deal me in.

      I just wish we could get to a point with X-Men where we are giving Cyclops his due!!!

      • Amen!

  4. Just, no.

    I actually quite liked Kitsch’s performance; with a bit of a tweak (and lose the stupid hat) he could do well in a solo film.


    • +1000

  6. Channing Tatum has never really had a great role where he did good “acting” Kitsch was fine in the role. I know Tatum wants to do it but I hope he wants to act as well and not play “Channing Tatum as Gambit.

    • “Kitsch”….isn’t that a type of food? No wait, that’s “Quickie”, er…no, wrong again, it means to smooch—naw, that’s not it, either…Oh, I get so confused!!

  7. Haters gonna hate. I like Tatum, he’s not all that bad and he actually really likes gambit, he’s said it in an interview. I can see it, hopefully he looks like the animated series gambit.

  8. Did not know this was happening, Taylor Kistch was fine in the role to me but I guess they are going with in a different direction and where’s the Deadpool movie?!??!! That’s what I wanna SEE

  9. Fanboy Qream!

  10. I consider Channing Tatum to be like Ryan Reynolds. It was his or Reynolds fault that the film was horrible, it was just a bad script, story, movie. Like Reynolds being the man for Deadpool, I see Tatum being the man for Gambit.


  11. They had me at Gambit and kept me at Tatum. I hope this happens

  12. Its weird, peoples perceptions can be so different from each other.

    I thought Taylor Kitsch was a horrible Gambit and not a good actor in general. He wasn’t good in John Carter, Battleship, and was decent in Savages.

    • Couldn’t agree more, Clay. I just don’t see the appeal in Taylor Kitsch or would say he’s been good in something. He’s just a cheap knock-off of Timothy Olyphant. We should get the promised Deadpool movie instead of a Gambit one.

  13. Please don’t, just not Tatum

  14. This could be interesting if it gets off the ground, it’s unexpected that’s for sure.

  15. He might be too built for the role. gambit is fit and ripped but not huge. I always thought Matt Boomer from White Collar had the look and smooth talker persona to pull it off. either way, i’m excited to see it

    • I would HAPPILY watch Matt Bohmer (sp?) play Gambit … if he could pull off the accent. That will always be key for this character.

  16. The Sentinel X looks like nimrod

  17. I think I could live with it if he actually did the accent and looked the part in-costume. Plus even as a spin-off it should have a decent amount of tie-ins to the regular X-Men movie universe to explain just exactly why he has been absent from everything but the ill-received “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”.

    Also, do you guys double check your articles before you post them up?

    “The question now is: When would get this Gambit movie?”

    You’re missing a key word there that keeps it from sounding like Tarzan-speak.

    • As the editor I do – but when hot news like this breaks, I don’t necessarily get all the time I want to polish before I’m back to the 20 other jobs I do to make this all work.

      That’s when I rely on sharp-eyed readers.

  18. maaaan, super stoked blink will be in this!!!! i was so sad she wasnt a regular character :D

  19. I was a huge Gambit fan growing up. Personally, I’m fine with Tatum doing it but I’d rather they do an interpretation without the Southern accent. I re-watched Taylor Kitch’s version the other day and it is truly cringe-worthy.

  20. Tatum will be do fine as Gambit. they just gotta get the costume right. And who is Gambits biggest rival? who is his Joker? or Lex? A comic book movie is only as good as it’s villain. does he have a rival in the thieves guild? I’m not up on my Gambit back story. Did’nt he have a beef with Mr Sinister? Now THAT is a baddy I’d like to see on screen!!

  21. I’m pleased with this news. I hope it happens.

  22. //the presence of Taylor Kitsch in X-Men Origins: Wolverine would mean yet another continuity snag to clean up//

    Why? You can sometimes just change actors without completely rebooting everything.

  23. If they reboot the franchise with a new, larger core team – that’s when to bring Gambit back. The way the series has handled Gambit so far, it doesn’t make sense to launch a spinoff.

    Also, how would this even fit with Deadpool, X-Force and Wolverine 3 still without dates?

  24. Wouldn’t it be great if they actually hired an actor who doesn’t have to fake the accent. No quarrel with Tatum, they probably want to hire him because he is well-known.

    What about Gaspard Ulliel or François Arnaud?

  25. If Wolverine has his adamantium remove in the end credits scene of The Wolverine then how was Magneto able to stop him from attacking in that scene. The master of magnetism stop him dead in his tracks. And he looks at the Trask commercial like something that he’s never heard of or scene before. If Trask industries have been around since 73 then he would know what it is. The X-Men Universe is all over the place right now and I hope the DOFP movie will set everything right!

    • Only his claws were robbed of adamantium.

    • Why didn’t they send in the Sentinels to the Statue of Liberty in the first X-Men movie? There has got to be multiple timelines.

  26. uhm a no for me if anything i prefer harry connick jr. if he wasnt doing american idol since he’s from new orleans an already has that accent add the cherie and cajun…..we have gambit that my opinion….channing better do a good job thats all i say

  27. Josh Holloway as Gambit please.

    BLACK EYES with RED PUPILS Get it right this time.

  28. Some characters are better served by casting a relative unknown or newcomer. Is it impossible for find an actual Cajun for the role?

  29. im down with it i just want a gambit movie dammit along with a deadpool movie…alot of people was scratching their head when Hugh Jackman was announced to be Wolverine now look how well that has worked, i like Tatum in GI Joe i think he can pull Gambit off