Channing Tatum Says “I’m About as in as I Could Possibly Be” for GAMBIT; Hopes to “Change Up” the Superhero Movie

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Though the “McConaissance” is all the rage at the moment, actor Channing Tatum has been undergoing a pretty impressive career transformation of his own over the past couple of years.  After working in films like Step Up, Dear John, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra early in his career, Tatum started taking some big risks with excellent payoffs.  Director Steven Soderbergh brought out a different side of the actor in Magic Mike, Haywire, and Side Effects, he proved to be fantastically adept at comedy with standout roles in 21 Jump Street and This Is the End, and he drew raves for his dramatic work in the dark drama Foxcatcher at that film’s Cannes premiere last month.  With these eclectic performances under his belt, Tatum now has his eyes set on something many other actors are vying for: his own superhero movie.

Tatum has been keen on playing the X-Men character Gambit for a while now, and with recent news that plans are firming up for a standalone Gambit movie with Tatum, Steve took the opportunity to ask the actor about the film during the press day for the upcoming sequel 22 Jump Street.  Tatum cautioned that it’s still very early in the story stages, but confirmed he’s as in as he “could possibly be” and said he’d like to change up the superhero movie with this film.  Read on after the jump.

channing-tatum-gambit-movieThough there has been no official announcement of Tatum leading a Gambit movie, the actor said that the deal is just about done:

Gambit is about as happening as it possibly can.  Right now it’s just with the lawyers and they’re all doing their stuff that I’m not involved in, but I’m about as in as I could possibly be.”

Tatum admitted that they haven’t gotten too far in talking about what the film might be, but he seems excited about doing something different than the current superhero genre:

“We talked story, we’re getting into it—we’re gonna try to change up the superhero-type movie, maybe give us something a little different.  In my opinion, Gambit is an outlier in the X-Men [universe], he’s not a good guy in a way.  He smokes, he drinks, he’s chasing women, he’s a thief.  I’m not like an X-Men head but I just love him.”

gambit-movie-channing-tatumSteve asked if the film might be rated R, and while Tatum didn’t say “no”, he reiterated that the project is in the nascent stages:

“[It could] possibly [be rated R], but I don’t think they’ll ever—I don’t know, we’re still in the very, very, early, early stages.  We don’t even have a writer, we just talked very, very early stuff.”

The actor appeared to be headed towards saying it’s unlikely that Fox would make an R-rated Gambit, but again, the project doesn’t even have a writer yet so the rating decision is a ways off.  Next up in the X-Men universe will be X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility to think that Gambit could start picking up steam later this year.

Watch the portion of Steve’s video interview with Tatum regarding Gambit below, and look for the full interview on Collider soon.


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  • Matt

    Whoever wrote the headline should take 8th grade english again…

    Channing Tatum says “I’m about as in as I could possibly be” for GAMBIT

  • Matt

    Whoever wrote the headline should take 8th grade english again…

    Channing Tatum says “I’m about as in as I could possibly be” for GAMBIT

  • Person

    Calm down, it’ll be PG-13. If they start doing R-rated X-Men movies then they damn well better be doing Deadpool soon, too….

  • Person

    Calm down, it’ll be PG-13. If they start doing R-rated X-Men movies then they damn well better be doing Deadpool soon, too….

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

    So once Jackman steps away from the franchise, as it’s only two films away, they are hoping Tatum will be their new face? Strange but still an interesting way to swap star power for another rougue character. Gambit is a fanboy favorite but it’ll be interesting to see how Fox will handle his character. It really takes a visionary director like Singer to bring these characters the justice they deserve as well as a smart script. Hopefully they’ll eventually have the balls to pull the trigger on a Deadpool movie. Reynolds could really use the boost as his latest film, The Captive, has been receiving poor reviews at Cannes.

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

    So once Jackman steps away from the franchise, as it’s only two films away, they are hoping Tatum will be their new face? Strange but still an interesting way to swap star power for another rougue character. Gambit is a fanboy favorite but it’ll be interesting to see how Fox will handle his character. It really takes a visionary director like Singer to bring these characters the justice they deserve as well as a smart script. Hopefully they’ll eventually have the balls to pull the trigger on a Deadpool movie. Reynolds could really use the boost as his latest film, The Captive, has been receiving poor reviews at Cannes.

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

    So once Jackman steps away from the franchise, as it’s only two films away, they are hoping Tatum will be their new face? Strange but still an interesting way to swap star power for another rougue character. Gambit is a fanboy favorite but it’ll be interesting to see how Fox will handle his character. It really takes a visionary director like Singer to bring these characters the justice they deserve as well as a smart script. Hopefully they’ll eventually have the balls to pull the trigger on a Deadpool movie. Reynolds could really use the boost as his latest film, The Captive, has been receiving poor reviews at Cannes.

    • Person

      Highly doubt Reynolds will still be Deadpool if/when they make that movie, just like I doubt (but hope) he’ll still be Green Lantern in Justice League.

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

        The only way I think WB would bring Reynolds back into the picture for Green Lantern is if they pull a reboot/sequel like in G.I. Joe: Retailiation and have his character killed with John Stewart taking over the duties – nothing more then an extended cameo. It would be smart on their part to incorporate GL as part of their DC universe to help ease their way into not having to re-do another origin story.

      • Person

        I’d rather they just keep Reynolds. Killing him off and re-introducing a new one, all within the scope of a larger JL movie, is too much.

        Incredible Hulk is probably a better template, and is likely what they’ll use – re-cast the role, briefly summarize the character’s past so it loosely ties in with the older movie, and just move on.

      • 80sRobot

        There’s probably no plans for another GL movie. Instead, they’ll stick a Green Lantern into the JL movie (I will bet the John Stewart character) and move on.

    • McA

      Visionary director? He’s not that good.

  • Fabdex

    Fat Tatum will have to get into a diet before I can buy him as Gambit.

  • HORSEFLESH

    Now they’re both fat.

  • Aquartertoseven

    Will it be R rated… what a stupid question. Of course it won’t be, this already an obscure character that many will already be uninterested in, I mean he throws exploding cards, you really think it will get a huge audience from adults?

  • kemo

    this will suk.

  • God’s Diamond

    I have been saying Josh Hartnett since around 2001

    • God’s Diamond

      First time I saw him was the commercial for the cartoon. After he showed his power jubilee asked how he did that. With style petite. With style! Been a fan ever since. Always thought gambit had peculiar eyes and thought josh hartnett had peculiar eyes and have imagined him as Gambit since

    • Hunter

      I always pictured Josh Holloway as gambit while watching his character Sawyer in Lost. Now that you say Hartnett he seems spot on for it too.

  • poppincherry

    Only one man could play Gambit:Stuart Townsend!
    He killed it in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Such a character needs a fine actor. Cough, cough!

    • DavidisALLright

      He has a bad attitude apparently. Not just for Lord of the Rings (the spin was he was too young but he was let go during shooting), then he was fired from Thor.

      • God’s Diamond

        Fired from thor? Can you elaborate?

    • agent777

      If Townsend was cast… Tatum would be recast in the role in about a week.

  • CJ

    Nice to see a Jonah HIll interview which isn’t some grovelling, sickeningly insincere apology for a completely justified burst of anger.

    • Redjester

      I saw the Tonight Show interview with Hill. See seemed pretty damn sincere.

      • CJ

        He’s a damn good actor. With a big movie to promote.

      • Redjester

        Yeah, you could very well be right, but I knew before this incident that Hill was big into progressive causes such as the LGBT movement and consequently it seems pretty plausible verging on likely to me that he felt genuinely sorry and likely really self conscious about being mislabeled as a bigot.

  • eternalozzie

    This guy can’t act his way out of a parking ticket.

  • Redjester

    I actually think Tatum would be a great Gambit for the following reasons:

    Gambit has brown hair, Channing Tatum has brown hair.
    Gambit is listed as being 6’1″, Channing Tatum is 6’1″.
    Gambit is listed as weighing 179 lbs., Channing Tatum weighs 181 lbs.
    Gambit is from Louisiana, Channing Tatum is from Alabama and Virginia.
    Gambit has a muscular build, Channing Tatum has a muscular build.

    Not to mention that Channing Tatum’s face looks exactly (to the “T”) like the comic character of Gambit. Like to the friggin’ T.

    I guess my overriding point here is that when it comes to (to some degree) well-known superheroes, aesthetics mean something.

    And it’s not like his character calls for phenomenal acting, just solid acting (something Tatum has proven he is capable of in many an indie film). Of course the key to obtaining a good performance from Tatum is that he needs a great director directing him. So it’ll be interesting to see how that goes.

  • http://www.discogs.com/ AdamShitwood

    I’d rather have Efron. No joke. He’s a better actor.

    • Redjester

      Have you seen Side Effects? Supposedly he did a great job in Foxcatcher too.

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

      Efron would make a better Flash IMO.

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