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Channing Tatum confirmed as Gambit in 'X-Men' movie franchise

Channing Tatum
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Channing Tatum has been cast as in the role of Gambit (also known as the card-playing rogue Remy LeBeau) in the "X-Men" movie franchise. On May 12, 2014, "X-Men" producer Lauren Shuler Donner confirmed in a Total Film interview at the "X-Men: Days of Future Past" London premiere that Tatum is playing the role. Tatum's first appearance as Gambit is expected to be in the 2016 movie "X-Men: Apocalypse."

When asked if reports were true that Tatum is going to be Gambit, Shuler Donner replied, "It's Channing. 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. And he's got a really good heart. 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."

Taylor Kitsch previously played the role of Gambit in 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."

According to The Hollywood Reporter: "Multiple sources say that Tatum will get a stand-alone spinoff, with his version of Gambit being introduced in 'X-Men: Apocalypse.' The stand-alone film is still in development, however, and no director has been attached."

As for how Kitsch feels about being replaced by Tatum in the role of Gambit, Kitsch's public reaction has been very gracious

In a Comic Book Movie interview published in February 2014, Kitsch said he was interested in reprising the Gambit role "under the right circumstances" but if "[Tatum] does it, good on him. He'll kill it. It's such a cool character. Whoever plays him will be a lucky guy.

"It is what it is, I'm not going to be like 'Oh my God, why don't I get to play him?' If it's meant to be, it's meant to be. And if not, I'll move on. If they cast [Tatum], I wish him nothing but the best. I hope he kicks the [crap] out of it."

In her Total Film interview, Shuler Donner also mentioned that she is still interested in making a stand-alone movie for the Deadpool character, which was played by Ryan Reynolds in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." It is unknown at this point if Reynolds will reprise the Deadpool role or if the role will go to another actor.

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