According to Empire on Jan. 30, it has been learned that not only Channing Tatum is a big Gambit fan, but also would indeed do a solo film as the main character. In the new "X-Men: Days of Future Past" variant cover issues of Empire magazine, producer Lauren Shuler Donner is highly motivated and hopeful to see this through.
"I'm dying to do a Gambit movie with Channing Tatum," Shuler Donner reveals. "That doesn't have to be a great big movie. 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. How can anyone resist Channing? He's such a sweetheart".
Taylor Kitsch played the original Gambit in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and just wound up being a "throw away" role for him, but considering Channing is also of New Orleans origins himself, he expressed his enthusiasm at a "White House Down" press conference.
“I would like to play Gambit. Gambit’s my favourite. 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".
Channing even gave accolades to Kitsch's rendition of the Canjun version of The Most Interesting Man in the World and really liked his version of the Marvel character. It also would be seen appealing to see solo films in between the full ensemble of "X-Men" films. If the Wolverine can have his own flick, it would make sense for Gambit to have his own.
"No knock on Taylor Kitsch, though, ’cause I actually like his Gambit, but I’ve always lived around Cajun people. Gambit was always like the woman-loving, cigarette-smoking, drinking guy. He was the punk rock of all the superheroes. He’s a thief. He kind of rode the line".
That being said, all that needs to come together is bringing forth a script and director and work around Tatum's "22 Jump Street" project. He'll also be appearing in this years "Jupiter Ascending" and "Foxcatcher".