About a month ago, reports circle the web of a rather odd casting choice for future X-Men films. It seems that 22 Jump Street star Channing Tatum was in negotiations with Fox and Marvel Entertainment to play the popular X-Men character Gambit. Gambit, known for his kinetic powers and throwing cards, is undeniably a fan favorite when it comes to all things X-Men. The character was last seen in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine and was portrayed by Taylor Kitsch. However, the prequel was not successful and so the studio ignore X-Men Origins in the franchise's canon; as we can plainly see with this report.
The story of Tatum's casting come from Total Film's interview with X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner. She discuss with the entertainment news site about Tatum not only taking up the role of Gambit, but how she believes he is perfect for the part.
"Well you know he's a rogue, Channing. He's a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau, and he can handle the action, we all know that. He's got a really good heart, because I know him personally, I did a movie with him. So I think he'll be great, he'll be great for Gambit, and he's a southerner too, he's not from New Orleans but he is a southerner and he understands that world, and you know Gambit loves New Orleans."
Fans will likely question this casting decision, but it seems that Tatum will join the X-Men franchise as the mutant Cajun. The question is where will Gambit show up? It has been suggested from director Bryan Singer that the character may be in the 2016 film: X-Men: Apocalypse. However it is not confirmed whether or not Gambit will be a part of the upcoming X-Men film. While the future of the card wielding mutant is unclear, you can rest assure that the we will be seeing Channing Tatum as Remy LeBeau in a future X-Men film.
Update: In a report following the casting of Channing Tatum as Gambit, it is now clear that the actor will in fact be in X-Men: Apocalypse. The report also indicates that after Apocalypse, Tatum will reprise his role as the fan favorite character in his own solo film.