While doing the press rounds back in September for White House Down, Channing Tatum was asked if he would like to be in a superhero movie. The actor excitedly replied, yes, but went even further by specifically naming Gambit as the hero he would like to play. Tatum’s roles have ranged from exotic dancer to G.I. Joe to Superman (in Lego form for the upcoming The Lego Movie). Tatum said that if he were to play Gambit, he would use a real Cajun accent, given that he has family ties in New Orleans.
Now, Lauren Shuler Donner, a producer who has worked on the X-Men films since the very beginning, says that she is dying to make Tatum the next Gambit, but that she has to convince Fox to agree to this.
In an interview with Empire Magazine, Donner said:
“I’m dying to do a Gambit movie with Channing Tatum,” she said. “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.”
These are merely pieces from an interview, nothing is confirmed. This actually wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen Gambit on the big screen. Taylor Kitsch was the first actor to bring the character to life in the widely panned X-Men Origins: Wolverine. So would a swap of actors help wipe the bitter aftertaste away? Hard to tell, but with Tatum being a hot commodity, a brand new Gambit film may actually happen, or he may even be a part of X-Men: Apocalypse.
Here is what Tatum said last year about wanting to play as Gambit:
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, 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.