Channing Tatum Says He’s Met about Playing Gambit; Reveals “Everyone” Will Likely Be Back for MAGIC MIKE 2

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Though few can rival Matthew McConaughey in the realm of “career renaissance” at the moment, Channing Tatum has undergone a fascinating transformation over the past few years.  He first broke out as a model-slash-actor in the first Step Up, but he began branching out with Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 film Haywire.  He subsequently collaborated with Soderbergh on two more films to excellent results—Magic Mike and Side Effects—and proved himself a very skilled comedic actor with turns in 21 Jump Street and This Is the End.  His upcoming films range from dark drama (Foxcatchter) to hard sci-fi/fantasy (Jupiter Ascending), and there are also a few more exciting prospects on the horizon.

During a recent interview with MTV, Tatum revealed that he has indeed met about playing Gambit in a potential X-Men spinoff film, expressing his love for the character and willingness to tackle the role.  He also provided an update on Magic Mike 2, saying the sequel won’t be as darkly dramatic as Soderbergh’s first film and that he expects the entire cast to return.  Hit the jump for much more.  Magic Mike 2 opens July 3, 2015.

channing-tatum-gambitWhile speaking with MTV, Tatum revealed that he has met with X-Men producer Lauren Schuler Donner about possibly playing Gambit in an X-Men movie:

“I met with Lauren Schuler Donner.  I would love—Gambit’s my really only X-Men that I’ve ever loved.  I [mean] I’ve loved them all, they’re all great, [but] I don’t know I guess just being from down south—my dad’s from Louisiana and I’m from Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida—I don’t know I just related to him.  He’s just kind of a suave; he’s the most un-X-Men X-Man who’s ever been in X-Men, other than maybe Wolverine.  He’s kind of like the anti-hero; he’s a thief.  He’s not even like a hero, he’s kind of walking the line of grey.  He loves women and drinking and smoking, he’s just a cool guy that happens to have a good moral center.”

Tatum seemed enthused about the prospect of tackling the role, saying if everything works out down the line, he would be more than willing to sign on:

“I hope it does [come together].  You never know, it’s a weird industry.  If the stars align, I would play it.  I’m already working on the accent.”

There’s been no confirmation of a Gambit movie being in active development, but the X-Men franchise is alive and kicking with next month’s massive-scale X-Men: Days of Future Past and the already-dated sequel X-Men: Apocalypse, and Donner recently expressed her desire to make a Gambit spinoff film.  If DOFP does huge business at the box office next month (and I’d be shocked if it didn’t), it’s not a stretch to imagine Fox moving Gambit into the “priority” stage of development—especially since Tatum is so eager to lead the project.

magic-mike-2-channing-tatum-matthew-mcconaugheyAs for more imminent projects, Tatum reiterated that he and his writing/producing partner Reid Carolin are deep in the scripting stage on Magic Mike 2:

“[We started writing] probably like two months ago.  With my partner Reid I was like, ‘Ah it’ll write itself, it’s fine’—not the case.  Not the case at all.”

A recent report revealed that Gregory Jacobs, Soderbergh’s longtime First Assistant Director, will be taking the helm of Magic Mike 2 and production is being eyed to begin this fall, but many have wondered how many of the first film’s castmembers will be returning.  According to Tatum, the plan is for all of them—Matthew McConaughey included—to reprise their roles:

“I think everyone’s gonna be back, I think.  Obviously no one’s deals are done which is always kind of scary.”

magic-mike-2-matthew-mcconaughey-channing-tatumTatum confirmed that Magic Mike 2 will indeed be a road movie, but he also said they’re intent on making it a bit less dark than the first film:

“This one will be a road trip movie.  Without giving a lot away, we don’t wanna make it a really serious, slice-of-life movie.  We want to have reality in it, but we don’t want to make it some dark drama.  There was some darkness in the last one that I think surprised people and shocked people.  This one, we want there to be a lot of conflict and a lot of struggle, but we also want there to be a shit-ton of fun.  A shit-ton of just ridiculous stuff that you would never see in a movie.”

Personally, I found the dark drama of the Soderbergh’s film to be part of its brilliance, but I’m interested to see what Tatum and Carloin put together for the follow-up.

Watch Tatum’s interview with MTV below, which gets into Magic Mike 2 and Gambit around the 2:36 mark.

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  • Jeremy Flores

    Sounds like THE TATUM knows his stuff when it comes to Gambit. Tatum in Age of Apocalypse opposite Fassbender, McAvoy, Lawrence…intrigued.

  • Jan

    Tatum’s just to muscular/bulky to fit Gambit’s physique. Not that looks are everything but I can’t picture him donning Gambit’s iconic garb, at all.

    • axalon

      What if…he just lost the weight…

      • Jan

        Can he slim down his head? ‘Cause that dude, to quote Charlie Murphy, “he has a big f**king head, man.”

      • axalon

        Well played sir, well played

    • Mithrandir Greyholm

      Try Matt Bomer as Gambit!

  • Christian

    Using the same retcon for Gambit that turned Trask from a 6’4″ black man to a 4″5′ little person…?

    I don’t get it. Taylor Kitsch was great in the part – a highlight in an otherwise mediocre movie. He’s been unlucky with his roles in other movies, but it’s not because he can’t act.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    I actually liked Taylor Kitsch’s performance in that awful Wolverine film. The only highlight in that film was his and Reynolds performance (in the 1st half). However Tatum is a much bigger name not synonimous w boxoffice bombs (John Carter, Battleship, Savages) so it would make sense to recast him.

  • Vic

    I’d rather see Taylor Kitsch back if there is a spinoff. He did a great job in the first one and, honestly, I just get tired of seeing studios arbitrarily casting bigger names instead of people who are actually better choices for these characters. Why not commit to a good choice already made instead of asking us to adjust to a new guy?

  • Mithrandir Greyholm

    I’d prefer Matt Bomer as Gambit! Much better than Tatum!

  • Royale With Cheese

    No…please…no.

  • BeatrixKiddo00

    Would much prefer Taylor Kitsch reprise the role. He was great in Wolverine even though the movie was pretty awful. He’s had some bad luck but as someone else pointed out, it’s not his acting that’s the problem, it’s been more his choice of roles. John Carter actually is decent – the problem mostly was it wasn’t marketed well. Battleship was a mistake and Savages was a typical Oliver Stone deal where the movie was fine, just weird and not given to big box office. I like Channing Tatum as long as he continues the sort of roles he’s been given so far that don’t require much of a stretch on his part. I don’t see a lot of range to his acting and he’s wrong for the part of Gambit definitely.

    • Gary Collins

      Battleship was hardly a mistake, I had more fun at that than Amazing Spider-Man.

      • BeatrixKiddo00

        Agree – I enjoyed Battleship as did my kids but we didn’t expect much going in. The kids watch it occasionally and they enjoyed the interactions between Skarsgard and Kitsch.

      • BeatrixKiddo00

        Agree – I enjoyed Battleship as did my kids but we didn’t expect much going in. The kids watch it occasionally and they enjoyed the interactions between Skarsgard and Kitsch.

  • Tib

    First of all Taylor Kitsch is Gambit. He did a fine job and the fact that the movie tanked shouldn’t be a reflection on him.

    Secondly, no mention of Tatum’s role in GI Joe? His acting was so awful in that movie that he made Marlon Wayans look good. You have to be a whole new level of awful to make a Wayans look like a good actor.

    • dad

      Marlon Wayans was good in Requiem For A Dream….just saying.

    • Hey…HEY!

      First of all, Chris Potter is Gambit. “Laaf don geht muuch bettah dan dis!”

  • Gary Collins

    Ugh, not him for gambit.

  • Strong Enough

    I always thought Luke Perry would make an awesome gambit. but alas time is not on our side

  • Jamesy

    I’ve mentioned this before, but if the script incorporates Gambits comedic elements and plays up on that I think Tatum could be a good fit. Not sure if it’s the best idea to dive straight in to his own franchise though, Gambit is relatively unknown to general movie goers, but saying that they could go oh Channing Tatum’s in an X-Men movie, that could be cool, and he would certainly fill seats. I think if they do this with Tatum, the best way would be to introduce him in future X-Men movies and see how the audience reacts, or have him partner up with someone else. A Gambit/Deadpool team up with Channing Tatum and Ryan Reynolds? Would be pretty awesome in my opinion, with the right writer/director who can deliver on the off the cuff comedy and action? With Ant-Man and GOTG coming out, it goes to show that the studio are confident in releasing movies that don’t necessarily follow the standard Superhero formula, playing up on some of the darker elements and having comedy to balance it out could work well, if done right. I enjoyed Taylor Kitsch in the role, actually thought he was one of the best parts of Origins, but the guy just can’t seem to catch a break, he has talent but just gets involved in the wrong projects. If they do a straight up Gambit movie, stand alone…Josh Holloway is your man, maybe even Alexander Skarsgard. Thoughts?

    • Grayden

      an R-rated buddy mutant movie? Honestly, I’d be game.

    • Hunter

      I didnt see your post about Holloway. I completely agree. Exactly who I pictured for Gambit

  • lss

    I don’t want gambit unless rogue is there.

  • MJ

    Never heard of Magic Mike 1. What the hell is Magic Mike?

    This reminds me of the TV ads a couple years back for this Boondock Saints sequel movie, where 99.9% of the people were wondering, “sequel to what?”

    • Tobias Wolf

      99,9% of what people? The Ainu people perhaps?
      Seriously, Boondock Saints is still a fun movie (NOT the sequel), check it out!

  • Hunter

    Josh Holloway as Gambit.

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