Channing Tatum has made no secret of the fact he’d love to play Gambit in the X-Men movies. The card-throwing, womanizing Cajun has long been a fan favorite, but so far has only been seen on screen once, briefly, in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Now, with Bryan Singer teasing he’d love to bring Gambit into the next X-Men film, X-Men: Apocalypse, Tatum has revealed the possibility has taken another step forward toward reality. He’s met with X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner about possibly playing the role and is already working on an accent.
Tatum revealed this in an interview at the MTV Movie Awards, where he received a Trailblazer Award.
And here’s the full quote after being asked if we’d ever see him as the mutant?
I met with Lauren Shuler Donner. And I would love it. 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.
Along with Tatum, Shuler Donner has also made it very clear she’d love to make a Gambit movie with Tatum, but we didn’t know it had gotten this far.
If Tatum were to appear as Gambit in X-Men: Apocalypse, it would give Fox a huge opportunity to have another major star as a fan-favorite character. With Hugh Jackman likely on his way out in the coming years, Fox must like that idea. Even non-X-Men fans would turn out to see Tatum star in a superhero movie, so this feels like something that has a good chance of happening.
We’re still weeks away from the unveiling of Fox’s ginormous X-Men: Days of Future Past but, fittingly, director Bryan Singer and producer/writer Simon Kinberg can only look ahead: The pair are developing, along with X2 writers Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty, the next X-Men film, Apocalypse, slated for May 27, 2016. Not much about the film is known, but Singer says that the film will be “somewhat” based on the 1990 comic storyline “Age of Apocalypse,” which features ancient villain Apocalypse and imagines an alternate universe. “[The movie] won’t necessarily create an alternate universe, but there may be some swapping things that I’m playing with,” admits Singer. Adds Kinberg, “From a visual standpoint it actually may be a bigger movie than Days of Future Past because there’ll be disaster movie imagery, like the title would imply.”
Days of Future Past will provide clues to the storyline of Apocalypse. Says Singer, “You won’t feel at the end of the movie that it set up Apocalypse. What it does is it sets up possibilities. But what we’ll discover in Apocalypse is that events in this movie made that happen.” He adds, “Apocalypse deals with ancient mutancy. What would humans have thought mutants were? What would mutants think humans were? You’re dealing with gods and things like that. And what if one survived and what if that found its way into our world?”
X-Men: Apocalypse will follow Charles (James McAvoy), Erik (Michael Fassbender), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), and Hank (Nicholas Hoult), and Singer says that those actors are all on board from deals signed for First Class. Singer also says he’s interested in bringing in other mutants, like Gambit and Nightcrawler. “I’m excited because I want to start introducing familiar characters at different ages and also explore the ‘80s.”
20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past doesn’t open until May 23, but that hasn’t stopped its producers from considering spin-off films (Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine is the only character so far to step out on his own), especially given the success that Marvel has had with The Avengers and its roster (Captain America, Thor, Iron Man). “There was a regime [at the studio] that didn’t see the worth in [spin-offs], and the current people who run Fox understand, embrace it, and we’re going to do right by it,” says producer Lauren Shuler Donner, who’s produced all of the X-Men films. “I’d like to do Gambit. I’d like to do Deadpool. We’ll see. There’s a lot of really great characters.”
With shapeshifter Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) taking a pivotal role in Past‘s plot, Donner says she’d be interested in taking that character into a solo film. Producer/writer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class) also says he likes the idea of a Gambit spin-off and one for Mystique. Admits Kinberg, “I love what Jen Lawrence has done with her, and I feel like because she is in such a crowded ensemble, there’s so much more opportunity if you were to follow her solo.”
According to a recent poll on EW.com, readers most want a Deadpool flick (24%), then Gambit (21%), X-Force (19%), Storm (17%), Mystique (11%), and lastly Magneto (8%).
The studio has so far dated the next mutant flick, X-Men: Apocalypse, for May 27, 2016, and another Wolverine standalone flick for March 3, 2017.
All-New X-Factor #06: “Do Not Disturb Me“. Written by Peter David; art by Carmine di Giandomenico; colors by Lee Loughridge. (Sponsored by Serval Industries.)
Is Danger murdering Cypher here? Why? (Don’t worry, we’ll find out.)
Also, what do those five little white symbols mean? (We do not find that out. I’m not seeing them on any of the previous covers, but they are on the cover for #07, too. It’s a mystery!)
Peter David’s “All-New X-Factor” has the unique distinction of housing the only corporate-sponsored mutant team in the Marvel Universe — but it’s been rough going for the six core members of Serval Industries’ X-Factor squad. Whether it’s Polaris struggling with her role as team leader, Cypher contemplating suicide or Quicksilver’s cautious approach to his half-sister, there’s a lot going on in the pages of the “All-New” incarnation of the series.
With the core team fully assembled, Peter David joined X-Position to discuss the current state of X-Factor’s collective psyche, including Lorna’s ongoing challenges as leader of the team, how Serval and X-Factor interact with one another and the interpersonal drama that shows up in the pages of the series.
Preview of All-New X-Factor #06. Written by Peter David; art by Carmine di Giandomenico; colors by Lee Loughridge. (Sponsored by Serval Industries.)
• Reunited—and it feels so BAD?!?
• It’s X-Factor and Cypher vs. Warlock!
• Serval Industries brings you the super team you can count on!