An announcement about everybody’s favorite stripper, Channing Tatum ("Magic Mike"), has the comic universe on fire according to Variety on May 13. Channing Tatum has officially been confirmed to play Gambit in an upcoming “X-Men” spinoff film.
Tatum won’t be the first to create an “X-Men” spinoff character. Hugh Jackman has parlayed his Wolverine character into two spinoff movies and one due out in 2017. “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”grossed $373 million with the character of Gambit being played by Taylor Kitsch. “The Wolverine” fared even better for Jackman, doing approximately $415 million at the box office.
Producer Lauren Shuler Donner recently hinted at “X-Men” spinoff films for Gambit and Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds in “X-Men Origins”). Rumors have also come from screenwriter Simon Kinberg for Mystique, as played by Jennifer Lawrence, to get her own spinoff, too.
Donner officially confirmed Tatum’s participation at the London premier for “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” “He’s a rogue, Channing — he’s a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau. And he can handle the action, we all know that,” she told Total Film. “And he’s got a really good heart … I think he’ll be great for Gambit.” She also added, “And he’s a southerner too … he understands that world, and you know Gambit loves New Orleans.”
Channing Tatum had already expressed interest in playing Gambit. As he explained to MTV, “Gambit is the only X-Man I’ve ever loved. I mean, I’ve loved them all, they’re all great, but I guess just being from down South; my dad’s from Louisiana, I’m from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida. I don’t know, I just related to him … I would die to play him.”
Well, Channing, you won't have to die as you will be playing Gambit. And "X-Men" fans won't have to wait long for a fix as “X-Men: Days of Future Past” opens in theaters on May 23. You will, however, have to wait for the sequel. “X-Men Apocalypse” is scheduled for release on May 27, 2016.