Donner first expressed an interest in working with Tatum as Gambit back in a January interview with Fandago.
I'm dying to do a Gambit movie with Channing Tatum," Donner told Fandago. "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.
According to Donner the studio is indeed on board, although reports indicate that Gambit's role in Apocalypse will be part of an ensemble cast and not a standalone origin story.
Taylor Kitsch portrayed the character in the poorly received X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but in the movie, his character was very shallowly explored, only having appeared at the end of the movie and for very few scenes. Tatum was originally slated to put a new face to the character in X-Men: First Class, but the character was cut from the final script.
"Gambit's my favorite." Tatum told reporters while promoting White House Down. "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."
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