Channing Tatum Wants to Play Gambit in a Future ‘X-Men’ Film

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The X-Men film franchise may be entering its teenage years, but Marvel’s mutant roster has never been hotter. This summer’s The Wolverine (more or less) made up for the disappointing entry that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine and essentially jumpstarted buzz for next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Beyond that film, the future of the X-Men franchise is a bit more uncertain. Fox seems keen on pushing an X-Force film (written by Kick-Ass 2 writer/director Jeff Wadlow) out next, though what shape or form that project will take remains to be seen. The X-Men universe has such a rich array of characters that it has already introduced on the big screen, and given the limitless possibilities, any of those could potentially return in a future film. Now, one star has spoken out about which character he’d like to play.

According to Slash Film, Channing Tatum mentioned at a recent press event that he wants to bring Cajun mutant Gambit to life on the big screen. Here’s what the White House Down and Magic Mike star had to say:

“I would like to play Gambit. Gambit’s my favorite. I’m from New Orleans, around that area. My dad’s from New Orleans, and I like to do a Cajun accent. I could do it for real. No knock on Taylor Kitsch [who played the character in ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’], though, ’cause I actually like his Gambit, but I’ve always lived around Cajun people. [...] Gambit was always like the woman-loving, cigarette-smoking, drinking [guy]. He was the punk rock of all the superheroes. He’s a thief. He kind of rode the line.”

Many X-Men fans share Tatum’s love of the character, but as he mentions, the role was already filled by Kitsch in a previous film. Kitsch’s portrayal of Gambit did receive mixed reactions from fans, largely because the character’s long-awaited appearance was so brief. There’s also the problem of his placement within the timeline of the X-Men films. X-Men Origins: Wolverine takes place roughly sometime in the late 1970s, before Wolverine loses his memory and long before he ever becomes a bonafide X-Man.

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If Fox really wished to bring Gambit back into the picture, there’s no doubt they could find a way to do so (after all, they’re about to bring time travel into the mix in Days of Future Past). However, the studio has already gotten enough flack from hardcore fans regarding the series’ already-convoluted continuity, and director Bryan Singer has revealed that he plans to clean some of that up in Days of Future Past.

If Fox ever decided to reboot the Gambit character (retconning or ignoring his Origins appearance), Tatum does sound like a viable choice, as he would bring a touch of star power and seems to have a genuine love of the character. Plus, the fact that Kitsch had back-to-back box office disappointments in John Carter and Battleship means that re-casting is a more likely option.

However, the bigger question isn’t whether or not Tatum would make a good Gambit, but whether or not Fox would go back to an element of the franchise that didn’t quite work the first time rather than expanding their burgeoning X-Men cinematic universe. In other words, don’t hold your breath for a Gambit return just yet.

Do you think Tatum would be the right guy to reinvent Gambit, or would you prefer Kitsch return as the character? Let us know in the comments section below.


X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters on May 23, 2014.

Source: Slash Film

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  1. If he is cajun, do it but josh holloway is actor that best resembles and talks
    Like gambit.

    • It sounds like Tatum knows the character and I was willing to put aside his lack of acting ability because he could probably pull off the look but then you mentioned Holloway and he is a far far better choice.

      • For Channing Tatum’s stupid dancing and poser phase, I think he’s heavily improved as an actor since then.

    • agreed!

  2. But tatum would be wise to be part of marvel universe because fox has
    destroyed the xman franchise with their derranged storytelling. He would
    make an excellent richard rider aka NOVA.

    • No they havent

  3. Everything I’ve seen gambit in he’s been beyond boring and listless. I don’t share the love for the character at all except for his accent.

    • I don’t want to even live on this planet anymore. You have clearly never seen an apt portrayal of my beloved Remy. *sigh*

  4. I’m glad he’s at least familiar with the character but imagining him with a cajun accent isn’t easy.

  5. Gambit is one of my favorites from X-Men & I thought Kitsch did a good job in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. But Tatum has that pretty boy face imo that even Wolverine would jump on his case.

    • HA! I thought I was alone at having liked Kitsch’s portrayal of Gambit. Glad to know there’s two of us.

      • Make that three.

    • Four and i know more

  6. This is one of my favorite movie.

  7. I always give someone a benefit of the doubt if they know the character. He surely does so go for it

  8. I’m ok with that actually.

  9. Always thought Gambit’s body type was more slender athletic than bulky muscular aka Channing Tatum… If only Brad Pitt would consider Gambit.

    • The same thought occurred to me.

      • Guess you’ll just have to use Pitt’s other performances as wanking fodder.

  10. Gambit is my one of my favorite characters! I think the honor amongst thrives story line would make a great solo movie. To see New

    I’ll take any 3 actors. But I lean more towards Taylor and Josh.

  11. This dude is too stocky and jacked to play Gambit…
    …now someone like Wonder Man? He’s the spitting image!

  12. In the first three X-Films, the character of Kitty Pryde was played by three different actresses. In the first film, an actress was Jubilee but her lines were cut (you could hear them in a deleted scene) and in X-2 another actress was cast.

    They retconned/rebooted Emma Frost.
    Everyone wants Deadpool cleaned up for a solo film (or X-Force)
    So whether or not Tatum gets the part,

    So…why not?

    • I always paid close attention to try and catch anything that Jubilee said in those films.

  13. That is a movie I really will skip. I have hated every performance of his I have seen. He is an atrocious actor, and he is the thing that would override my fanboy compulsion to watch every superhero movie.

  14. I’ve been waiting for a gambit movie it’s my favorite xmen person I hope they do make it

  15. Both John Carter and Battleship did more than 200 millions in the foreign market, it was in USA where they didnt get enought money.

    But at the same time USA isnt supporting many new franchise, Pacific Rim being the last one. So thats not a solid reason to recast an actor.

    Taylor did a fine job in Origins, he along with a good part of XMen cast deserve another chance to shine under the right director and material.

    He would be a great addition to Original Cast if Fox decides to do a sequel after Days of future past.

    • I agree with everything there except that John Carter and Battleship making lots of money outside the US doesn’t make them good movies. They weren’t.

      • to me John Carter was a great adventure movie. To be the first, it did a good job introducing that world and characters and the sequels had potential to be more epic and special.

        About Battleship… it was a summer movie, and as that, it was entertaining. At least I had fun while watching it at home, lol.

        • I can’t find it in me to agree.

          I saw both movies at home and while I love big, dumb action movies (usually starring Van Damme, Schwarzenegger, Stallone etc), I just found Battleship to be plain dumb. Nothing about it entertained me.

          Same with John Carter. The only good thing about it was Mark Strong, otherwise it was a forgettable pile of crap with some of the most boring action sequences I’ve ever seen outside of Sucker Punch and the most id*otic ending I’ve seen from a big budget production.

          • I’d have to disagree there, as Mark Strong didn’t really portray an impressive manipulative villain to me. In fact that was the weakest thing about John Carter: the villains.

            • I don’t get all the dude-love for Strong.

  16. I’ll bet on the lap-top…doing lap dances at a sleazy bar!!

    • This comment is no longer relevent, but was a strike against that spammer’s ad that was on this story earlier. Thanx to editors for pulling it off.

  17. Nutz to all that, boys….drop your rox and grab your sox and answer me this….WHERE’S CYCLOPS?! Bring him back, and all will be a bit better with the world!

  18. Kitsch could play someone like Kaine if the Spiderman movies went the clone route. Struggling to think who else he could play but definitely Tatum as Gambit.

  19. Bring Kitsch back. His accent is fine, one day they’ll do another X-men series and have a Cajun Gambit. For now though he’s good, just have Wolverine grab him when he time travels back to the future. Besides, Tatum’s remark about Gambit was kind of on the spot, cause the interviewer was asking Jamie Foxx about Electro and didn’t want Tatum to feel left out. It’s not like Tatum went around saying this, it was a quick reaction answer.

  20. I think Kitsch deserves to reprise the character, Tatum always comes off as a mouth breather.

  21. I see Tatum as either Namor or Moon Knight. Not Gambit.

    Namor has been a member of the Avengers at times….. Though I think Universal owns Namor?

    Moon Knight was a founding member of West Coast Avengers right? Marvel still owns MK.

  22. Moon Knight would be kinda nice to have a movie about (or even a TV series). Cool costume in the comics, be sure and keep that!!

  23. Taylor was good as Gambit until he opened his mouth. Why didn’t he do the cajun accent thats one of the cool things about gambit.

  24. I love FNL as much as anybody but Kitsch absolutely butchered Gambit. He deserves his due, he was the best part (for me) of the comic books and a cool counter-balance to both Cyclops and Wolverine. Someday a movie will hopefully give him his justice.

    • The problem was the direction and script, not Taylor. The whole film was a mess.

      • That’s whyt he only bright spots int hat horrible movie were Jackman, Schrieber and Reynolds before they destroyed everything we love about Wade Wilson.

        • Wow, my typing went downhill there didn’t it? Almost came up with a Grown Ups threequel there.

          • You sir, deserve an award.

  25. Give it to him..honestly he sounds like he could do it well

  26. Tatum is too dopey looking to play Gambit. Nothing’s wrong with Taylor.

    But Holloway is too perfect. He can pull of the Cajun look

  27. I don’t think Tatum would be a good fit for Gambit and I wasn’t too pleased with Kitsch’s performance either. I can see how difficult it would be to cast an actor for Gambit; it isn’t just the way Gambit looks, his mannerisms and overall presence pose a challenge for actors. It may get to the point where they simply cast someone… anyone for the role, just to attract more people by boasting that Gambit is in the film.

  28. Taylor was a good gambit, and John carter was amazing!!!!!!

  29. tatum was hilarious in 21 jump street!