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.
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.
From Bollywood Country:
Los Angeles, June 10:
Actor Channing Tatum says a movie based on comics character Gambit is very much in the works and currently lawyers are doing the relevant paperwork.
From Access Hollywood:
Channing Tatum is gearing up to play X-Men’s Gambit and the actor has been practicing his moves on “22 Jump Street” co-star Jonah Hill.
Channing Tatum is hoping that Gambit can have his standalone film.
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.