Channing Tatum Aiming For ‘Gambit’ Solo Movie Before Joining ‘X-Men’

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Five years ago Taylor Kitsch told us he was excited at the potential of giving us more Gambit after his introduction in 2009′s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. But like Ryan Reynolds and the long-awaited Deadpool solo movie that can’t get a greenlight from Twentieth Century Fox, Kitsch just can’t catch a break. Gambit however, the X-Men thief and fan-favorite of comic readers, cartoon viewers and card collectors of the ’90s, is coming back – but it will be Channing Tatum playing him.

Tatum’s a big fan of the card-throwing, kinetic energy master and on-and-off-again love interest of fellow X-Men hero Rogue (Anna Paquin in the movies) and has long been vocal about his passion and interest for the character. He’s a fan of Kitsch’s work but understands the criticisms of his take on Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine where – like most of the adapted live-action versions of the characters – he was simplified down visually and lost his signature accent (much like Colossus, Pyro, Banshee, etc.). That’s right, Tatum will be performing the Cajun accent if/when he plays the character.

This isn’t just a case of an actor opening up about their personal interests, since he’s actually in talks with producer Lauren Shuler Donner who very much wants a Gambit solo movie too. And the timing for a (re)introduction could be soon given that Hugh Jackman seems to be swaying back-and-forth on whether or not he’ll continue playing X-Men franchise poster boy Wolverine after he returns for X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016 and Wolverine 3 in 2017.

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Speaking with MTV, Channing Tatum explains where they are in the process at the moment.

“Creatively, we’re starting to chug forward. Obviously there’s nothing written. There are only conversations and dreams really, right now. The machine of the Marvel world is so ginormous that it’s literally like climbing a mountain, getting one of these movies made, and all of the pieces that go along with it, but I’ve been pretty vocal about wanting to be the part of Gambit for a very long time. It’s a weird, pinching-myself moment that we’re even having the conversation.”

While it’s not official of course, X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner and writer Simon Kinberg have spoken excitedly about Tatum playing the Ragin’ Cajun mutant, even unofficially confirming that it’s going to happen. The question now is when.

“We’ve talked about it being a standalone, first, and actually trying to change the ‘hero, superhero movie’ just a little because Gambit is not really your stereotypical “hero” hero. He’s a thief. He walks on the gray. I’m hoping we can change it a little bit, and then ultimately feather into the other ones.”

X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer namedropped Gambit and Nightcrawler as two characters he was very much interested in using in 2016′s X-Men: Apocalypse but that would make it impossible to give Tatum a standalone Gambit picture first. If the current goal is to find a writer to put together an X-Men Origins: Gambit style movie first, the earliest it would hit theaters would be 2018 unless Twentieth Century Fox has the production capacity to add another big budget tentpole to 2017 where they already have scheduled Fantastic Four 2 and a third Wolverine solo movie.

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More: X-Men Producer Confirms Channing Tatum’s Gambit

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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.

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Source: MTV

Header image from X-Men: Legacy #224 cover art by Lee Bermejo and Morry Hollowell.

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  1. I wasn’t fond of the casting at first (I actually hated it), but from the sounds of it he seems to be very enthusiastic and vocal about the role. He seems to have a great understanding of who the character is, and I like his idea of a solo Gambit movie that ultimately leads up to him joining the X-Men!

  2. wheres my movie at?!?

  3. I am as big a fan of Gambit as anyone, but I don’t think he can carry his own solo film; at least not yet. Fox’s first solo X-film was Origins (and we all know how that one turned out) the second (The Wolverine) was a great improvement but still lacking in the third act. I cannot imagine Gambit carrying his own movie although Tatum would be running the show as the mutant. If this film bombs Fox will have dug an even bigger hole for the X-universe that it may not be able to get back out of. I never understood why they never pay attention to the characters that actually need solo films i.e Storm, Cyclops, Jean Grey etc. etc.

    • I don’t necessarily agree or disagree with your comment, because I do not want to think in that way, but I do agree with the last bits, in that Cyclops, Jean & Storm should get their solo vehicles, especially Cyclops.

  4. FOX Marvel just gave us the best Marvel movie there is in Days of Future Past.

    I trust in whatever they give us next.

    • Fox is starting to get there stuff together again. First Class and now Days of Future Past which are both, in my opinion, some of the best superhero films. Let’s hope they can do the same for Fantastic Four and keep the fire burning!

    • Best?…….Not at all. They still have some things to clear up.

  5. Gambit did have an accent in origins…or am i wrong

    • Your are correct sir. He did indeed have an accent. Maybe not a thick cajun one, but an accent non the less.

    • Yes, he had “AN accent.”

  6. Come on, man! Channing Tatum may be a quality actor and may manifest the physical aspects of Gambit, but the Gambit portrayed in Origins is the true Gambit that is longing to appear in the X-Men! Hell, even all of us no-good comic book sucking bastards can agree that Gambit stole the show in Origins just as much as Quicksilver stole the spotlight in Days of Future Past. Kitsch for Gambit!

    • I’ve read X-Men for over 20 years and I didn’t care Kitsch’s portrayal of Gambit at all. There’s a french aspect to Gambit’s Cajun accent that Kitsch completely ignored. To me, that’s as integral to the character as his playing cards and trench coat.

      • Considering that French is not just an aspect but in the actual makeup of Cajun language, food, culture, it’s a silly thing to ignore.

        Generally speaking, why cast an actor who can’t even master the accent or struggles with it? (I think that every time I watch Sam Worthington play an American.) Especially if the accent is so integral to the character and reflective of his culture/personality? I feel casting/execs just think, “Eh, good enough; doesn’t matter.”

        I just don’t see it for Channing Tatum. He can do flat, jock-ish humor a la G.I. Joe, but so far in his movies I see him as culturally generic (though he was born Southern) in his films. I just imagine they’ll either gloss over the Cajun quality of Gambit (like they did before!) or it’ll be him playing Gambit as a cultureless action star.

        If they did it right, it could be good, but……… I usually don’t even care enough about crap like this to comment, but I’m speaking as a native Louisianan and b/c Gambit is my favorite comic character (aside from Spider-Man).

  7. Does he get the eyes though??

  8. I would prefer Gambit to get a stand alone movie first, and I don’t really want him to be in Apocalypse because of the 80′s time period. I would prefer he exist in the modern timeline so that they could eventually have Gambit and Rogue together. There are ways they could get around that, but I would rather avoid them.

    I think Gambit’s youth, the feud between the Thieves Guilds and the Assassins, the prophecy that he would unite them, and the romance between Remy and Bella Donna could carry a solid movie that would show a very different side of the X-men universe. There are actually a lot of similarities between Gambit solo comics and Assassins Creed games, with emphasis on destiny and fate. It could really emphasize what led the Thieves’ guild to abduct Remy as a baby and raise him as their own. In his teens he has some interactions with Sinister, as Dr Nathaniel Essex, and it would be a great opportunity to introduce him (or further use him if he is introduced in Apocalypse)

    Gambit’s abilities by themselves require very little CG, and most of the explosions could be done practically. Combine that with some professional parkour/free-running, some really slick fighting action (Gambit is a world class Judo kick-boxer) and some great heists and I think thats a very cheap recipe to make a bad-ass movie.

    The proper visualization of gambit’s powers are also a must! I cringe every time I see Origins when Kitsch does that magical rainbow of cards over his head, then just by sticking his arm out the cards come flying out rapid-fire like a machine gun. When he charges items his eyes light up, and the items should glow pink with lightsaber-like sounds when he moves them around.

    • I like the way you think, I also hope Rogue gets her flight and super-strength by absorbing some Ms. Marvel like, new or old mutant, we can also have the battle in her mind with that mutant and Jean helping her, which was really cool in the 90′s cartoon. I also wish she was in the same time-period as Gambit.

  9. Ja, yoo khan frow a gyro but et’s hard ’cause da meat es floppay

  10. I still think Kitsch is contending for it, a recent photo of him has his long hair back like he was Gambit, actually he looked a lot like his Gambit from Origins in this photo. It’s on IMDb when he was at the Premiere of The Grand Seduction. Which had it’s limited released last week.

  11. I think FOX are gonna wait to see how an unconventional hero’s solo film will work as far as Gambit is concerned before dipping their toes into the OTHER unconventional hero, Deadpool.

  12. I hope the Gambit movie makes a mint! I’ve got Uncanny Xmen 266! and the annual!

  13. IF he is going to play the character?
    Just tell me once and for all.. Tatum is playing Gambit yes or no?

  14. Channing has become a better actor then what i thought he would be but he could not even get duke
    Right with him crying and slobbering over himself throughtout gi joe. He is not gambit not even
    By a longshot, all kitsch was missing was the bayou accent and the vintage costume. When the
    miracles (mutants) are introduced in next years avengers 2 we can add another nail in the xmens
    coffin.

    • THANK YOU! Everyone is on Channing Tatum’s jock about him playing Gambit but they are all just ignoring his turn at Duke in GI Joe. Yes he’s becoming a better actor but he’s not ready for the complexity it takes to encompass Gambit. I think the ONLY person I’ve seen admit interest in Tatum is Lauren Donner and I think thats because she wants to sleep with him or something. He would make a HORRIBLE Gambit. I feel like I’m taking crazy pills with all this Channing Tatum talk.
      Gambit’s story is intricate, adventurous and one of the coolest backgrounds in the Marvel universe. Please Dont mess it up by choosing the worst possible lead actor for that role. It’ll be like Green Lantern all over again.

  15. yess bring on more gambit!!

  16. Fox’s xmen, got nothing but love for the comic xmen and the cartoons.

  17. My only issue is how they’re gonna do Rogue/Gambit when the current Rogue is a)dating Iceman and b)looks like she’s half his age.

  18. What if Fox did what Quentin Tarantino did with his Planet Terror movies or what the creators of those VHS horror movie franchises did?? Just film short stories of certain characters with different directors just to get audiences connected to certain characters more. I would pay to see that. How about three, forty minutes short films about Gambit, Nightcrawler and maybe even Storm.

    Then, after that, whe you show them in a full X-Men film with the entire team, we’re already familiar and connected with that character. It might sound like a weird idea but it’s definitely unique and could work if done right. Why bank on one character for a stand alone movie when you can give three character and stand alone story and arc that fans would love.

    But that’s just my thoughts.

    • This idea I like…That would be starkly different from what the Disney MCU is doing and would also allow them to setup multiple team characters at once

  19. In my opinion Fox doing good with Channing Tatum as Gambit. He is big time right now and his movie do good in Box office lately and if you haven’t seen Foxcatcher yet he can act and can be a good Gambit. Taylor Kitsch should stay away everything he is in is a flop John Carter and Battleship were awful and his Gambit wasn’t in comic book lore.

  20. I just hope Gambit is Layed back cool in the films, that is what made me like the character so much, he was different then Wolverine he was very mellow until you pissed him off then he would fight. also hope to see him use more then just cards and a staff as a weapon all kinds of things just laying around.

  21. No, no, NOOOOOOOOO! And ugh.

    Taylor sucked as Gambit and Channing Tatum sucks on general principle.

    How about an actual Cajun to play a Cajun? Or someone who actually does the accent well (or at all, rather than some bootleg Southern accent)? It’s a difficult accent to master and easy to mess up, but if the right person could get it (or already has it), that’s a big part of the character right there. Frankly neither man has the charisma or film presence for the role (idgaf about their previous movies/roles, INCLUDING G.I. Joe). And C.Tatum does not have the look. At least Taylor was closer (even though he lacked the red/black eyes, which I would hope would be in the film).

    They’ve yet to make an X-Men-related film I like and they won’t miss my money, so despite my opinion, whatever is whatever.

  22. SERIOUSLY! This is the worst idea in comic recreations EVER! Worse even then Ben Afleck Batman!! First why would you change the character from one who’s really not a traditional good guy, and WHY OH WHY would you have Channing TERRIBLE ACTOR Tatum play the role?!?!? This is absolutely ruining arguably the coolest of all X-Men characters!

  23. Just shut up about it I think channing will do great playing Gambit just give him a chance to show us if they made the right decision casting him for the role.

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