Several months ago, we reported on how Channing Tatum expressed interest in playing Gambit for a future X-Men movie. This wish was repeated by producer Lauren Schuler Donner, who said she’d like to see him in his own film. While a Gambit solo film is one of many spinoff ideas being tossed around, Tatum as Gambit is no longer just an idea; this could actually happen. Tatum recently told MTV that he’s met with the X-Men producers about playing the Ragin’ Cajun.
Gambit is really the only X-Man I’ve ever loved. I mean I’ve loved them all, they’re all great, but I guess from being down south – my dad’s from Louisiana, I’m from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida – I don’t know. I just related to him. He’s just kind of suave… He’s the most un X-Men X-Man that’s ever been in X-Men. Other than maybe Wolverine, who’s like the anti-hero. He’s a thief. He’s not even a hero. He’s kind of walking the line of grey…He loves women and drinking and smoking and stuff so he’s just a cool guy who happens to have a moral center….I hope it [comes together]. You never know it’s a weird industry. If the stars align, I would die to play it. I’m already working on the accent. It’s crappy at the moment.
Gambit was previously played by Taylor Kitsch in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, while director Bryan Singer wants to bring back Gambit (and Nightcrawler) for X-Men: Apocalypse.
Tatum may not be the guy we had listed for Gambit in our fan casts, but you have to commend the guy for already practicing a role he hasn’t gotten yet. I’m still skeptical, but if he’s serious about it, then maybe he’ll be able to pull off out favorite card-throwing mutant thief.
However, there two requirements that can’t be ignored. First, he’s got to slim down. Those muscles may be impressive for most of his roles, but they’re not a good fit for the lean Gambit. Second, do not screw up on the Cajun accent! If you can’t do those two things, Tatum, then we’re going to have a problem. You don’t want to fall down the same path the last Gambit did, do you?