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Talking ‘Fantastic Four’ and ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ with Simon Kinberg

From Latino Review:

LR: Your group of X-Men is growing. Each film adds new Mutants and now with Days of Future Past doing what it did, some of the old favorites can come back. AND you have Channing Tatum waiting in the wings to bring a new version of Gambit to the screen.  Will he be introduced in a team movie or get a solo outing or is a solo movie a better way to focus on a characters origins?

Simon Kinberg: I genuinely don’t know the answer to that question. It’s something we are all talking about whether it would be good for Gambit to be in a mainline X-MEN movie or he would be in his own stand-alone movie potentially one day to be able to be in another X-MEN movie after his Gambit movie introduces him. I really don’t know the answer. I don’t think there is a hard and fast rule which way is better. I think both ways have worked and I think actually the real question will be is there a role that is strong and specific enough for Gambit in a mainline X-MEN movie whether it be APOCALYPSE or future X-MEN movie that would be the right way to introduce the character. You don’t want to stick characters in these movies and manufacture something for them to do. You want the movie to tell you that it needs another character or ideally it needs this specific character.


Axel-In-Charge: “Original Sin” at Halftime, Back to the “Guardians” Future

From CBR:

Diving into questions from the CBR Community, CityofAngels has a question about one of the most perennially popular mutants: “I’m really enjoying the trouble Gambit is getting himself into in “All New X-Factor.” But are their any plans for the character outside that book? It seems like he’s been on the outside of the X-Men for a while now.”
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Channing Tatum ‘Gambit’ Costume Revealed? ’22 JumpStreet’ Star Wants To Be Involved In Planning Stages But Does He Deserve The Role?

From KPopStarz:

By Knox Stradler | June 16, 2014 05:28 AM EDT

Channing Tatum is a Hollywood A-lister and what A-listers want, they usually get it. After expressing desire to take the role of the X-Men’s Gambit, Tatum has been given the greenlight and he already has ‘suggestions.’
Much of the development is still being ‘figured out’ but the key element here is the actor being very vocal of how he is involved in the planning stage.

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New X-Men Star Channing Tatum Talks About Playing Gambit in Upcoming Film

From IB Times:

June 11, 2014 10:53 BST

Looks like 22 Jump Street star Channing Tatum is pretty excited about playing Gambit in the upcoming X-Men flick.

The actor spoke to The Latino Review about the preparation required for playing the mutant. According to him, getting every detail right including Gambit’s Cajun accent, is of immense significance.

“I would say we’re going to try to do something a little bit different,” says Tatum, of the raging Cajun.

“I don’t know how to exactly explain it just yet, but he’s a ‘character’ character. He’s got a serious Cajun accent. I don’t know if you’ve heard a Cajun accent but it’s – I mean, we’re going to have to have subtitles sometimes.

“He has almost a Jedi mind trick thing that I want to try put in where he speaks patois and so I’m going to have to learn patois [dialect] which is going to be hard. But, we’ll see,” he added.

Tatum definitely seems to be taking the role seriously. Even though a solo film on Gambit has not been announced as yet, fans are really looking forward to the edgy mutant in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).


Channing Tatum Wants To Change Superhero Movies With ‘Gambit’

From MTV:

Changing the superhero movie landscape, one card at a time.

by josh wigler 06/06/14


More and more, with each passing day, it looks likelier and likelier that Channing Tatum is the new Gambit.


The “22 Jump Street” actor has been connected to the role of the card-slinging mutant ever since last summer, when he first announced his interest in the role. Since then, “X-Men” producer Lauren Shuler Donner has gone on the record that Tatum is her man to play Gambit — it’s just a matter of making things official.

“Creatively, we’re starting to chug forward. Obviously there’s nothing [official],” Tatum told MTV News about where he stands with the Ragin’ Cajun. “There are only conversations and dreams right now, really.”

But the dreams are at an all-time high for Tatum, who looks likely to be the second big-screen Gambit; Taylor Kitsch was the first, playing the character in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” a movie that most people would like to forget, and one that was largely eradicated by “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
“I’ve been pretty vocal about wanting to be the part of Gambit for a very long time,” said Tatum. “It’s a weird, pinching-myself moment that we’re even having the conversation.”

Recent rumors have suggested that Tatum’s Gambit is part of the design of “X-Men: Apocalypse,” the upcoming sequel to “Days of Future Past.” But that’s not what Tatum has in mind; he wants a full-on standalone “Gambit” movie before ever entering the proper “X-Men” equation.

“We’ve talked about it being a standalone, first, and actually trying to change the ‘hero, superhero movie.’ Because Gambit is not your typical hero. He’s a thief. He walks on the gray. I’m hoping we can change it a little bit, and then ultimately feather into the other ones.”

All of that is easier said than done, of course.

“The machine of the Marvel world is so ginormous that it’s literally like climbing a mountain, getting one of these movies made, and all of the pieces that go along with it,” Tatum added.



Gambit is still in-motion and being figured out

From The Daily Beast’s interview with Simon Kinberg:

You’re also a writer/producer on Gambit, which recently cast Channing Tatum in the lead. How did you arrive at him as your Gambit, and why did you decide to move away from Taylor Kitsch?

Gambit is still in-motion and being figured out. Channing made it known that it was a character that he loved and would love to play, and all the people who work on the X-Men movies are huge fans of his, so the notion of him playing it is exciting. I’m more fascinated by anti-heroes, and Gambit is one of those. I don’t know why he wasn’t explored in the original X-Men movies. Maybe the reason why was because they wanted to focus on Rogue/Bobby or the platonic Rogue/Wolverine relationship, and maybe there were too many similarities between Wolverine and Gambit, so in order to make it a Wolverine-centric franchise they had to cut him loose.