Director Bryan Singer‘s new film, X-Men: Days Of Future Past is all the rage this month with fans pouring out for several star-studded red carpet premieres being held around as per the recently announced X-Men X-Perience which kicked off in New York last week. The film will make its way to theaters in the UK and North America next weekend as screenwriter Simon Kinberg continues to maintain the excitement over the previously announced 2016 installation of X-Men: Apocalypse, citing a “massive scale and scope” with respect to constructing that part of the story.
Bearing all this in mind, the forthcoming sequel might possibly include some of the original cast members from the 2000 movie and on (and that is only if the unconfirmed rumors from several public sources online are true), and that may include the appearance of Gambit, by way of 22 Jumpstreet star, actor Channing Tatum, who has already expressed much interest in playing the role since late last year. “I would like to play Gambit. Gambit’s my favorite,” he said. “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, 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.”.
The move is also strongly supported by franchise producer Lauren Schuler Donner who told Empire in January, “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.”.
As of this week, reports confirm that Tatum has signed on for a project that will include the role of Gambit, previously played by actor Taylor Kitsch in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. What is not yet known is to what degree Tatum will get to play the role, be it in Apocalypse or a standalone feature. Rest assured, the G.I. Joe and White House Down actor is officially on board for a new action role that will no doubt cater to the hardcore fan base extending to the armada of Marvel moviegoers who may have been waiting to see him on screen fourteen years after Singer‘s X-Men.
Tatum will star alongside actress Mila Kunis in Warner Bros. July 18 theatrical release of the Wachowskis’ new intergalactic action adventure, Jupiter Ascending.
Stay tuned for more info!