X-MEN Producer Lauren Shuler Donner Wants Channing Tatum for GAMBIT Movie

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I’ll always have a soft spot for Gambit.  I became an X-Men fan through the 90s TV series, and he was my favorite character.  I understand where his critics are coming from, but I still think he’s a lot of fun, and if I had to say one nice thing about X-Men Origins: Wolverine it would be that they didn’t ruin the card-flinging mutant.  Sadly, with Origins being the black sheep of the franchise, it seemed like Gambit was one-and-done.

However, producer Lauren Shuler Donner hasn’t given up on the character yet, and she sees a future for Gambit as a stand-alone movie.  And who does she want for the charming Cajun?  Channing Tatum.  Hit the jump for more.  For more X-Men news, click here for new details on X-Men: Days of Future Past and click here for new details on X-Men: Apocalypse.

gambit-comics-1Speaking to Empire, Donner said about the film:

“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.”

Post-21 Jump Street, it is very hard to resist Tatum.  And I like Donner’s thinking.  While Fox is obviously chasing Avengers by putting a heavy emphasis on superhero teams with X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse, they should remember that Marvel’s engine is powered by stand-alone pictures.  There are hundreds of mutants, and they don’t all have to be together in one film.  While Deadpool will probably never get over its R-rated hurdle to reach a greenlight, there’s no reason a Gambit movie would need more than a PG-13 rating.

Usually, these “I want” stories aren’t worth reporting because desire is cheap; there has to be an actual possibility.  But it just so happened that while doing a press conference for White House Down last year, Tatum expressed his love for the character:

“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.”

“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.”

Now you can argue all day whether or not you think Channing Tatum would make a good Gambit, but we have no idea how the character would be written or how he would play him.  Personally, I hope that Donner, Tatum, and Fox can get on the same page, and then we’ll see where the project goes from there.

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  • doctor_robot

    Channing Tatum? weak actor. i really don’t understand his popularity.

  • Angel of Death

    Wow. Too bad no one else does! What a terrible idea.

  • Christian

    So the DOFP time-travel reset will help Taylor Kitsch look like Channing Tatum, kind of like how it makes Bill Duke look like Peter Dinklage. Excellent continuity.

    • The Walking Cuban

      Don’t forget 4 William Strykers

      • LH

        Actually 3
        1) X2
        2) X-Men Origins: Wolverine
        3) DOFP
        The one in the First Class movie was the Stryker’s father

      • The Walking Cuban

        Whoops, thanks

      • The Walking Cuban

        Whoops, thanks

      • LH

        Actually 3
        1) X2
        2) X-Men Origins: Wolverine
        3) DOFP
        The one in the First Class movie was the Stryker’s father

    • The Walking Cuban

      Don’t forget 4 William Strykers

  • Armond White is my master now

    God. Help. Us. Save your money and hire a Sears mannequin…

    • eternalozzie

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    • eternalozzie

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  • JBug

    I think this is an OK idea. I would love an authentic Cajun Gambit.

  • reijanrobo

    I think Tatum gets underrated for some reason. After seeing him in Haywire, i have really respected him.

  • mattinacan

    i don’t dislike channing, but he has no range as an actor, and i can already picture him struggling through the accent.

  • gwiz30

    I was one of the biggest Tatum haters on the planet but he has slowly turned into a decent actor. I’m in agreement with you Goldberg I also grew up with the 90′s cartoon and Gambit was my favorites so I would love to see a stand alone movie with Gambit.

    • The Walking Cuban

      I feel the exact same way about those sentiments, though he probably should not have done White House down within, say, the 5 year radius of Olympus has Fallen. Gerard Butler has way more action credibility, enough that if marvel ever gets the rights back, I’d like to see him as wolverine.

    • The Walking Cuban

      I feel the exact same way about those sentiments, though he probably should not have done White House down within, say, the 5 year radius of Olympus has Fallen. Gerard Butler has way more action credibility, enough that if marvel ever gets the rights back, I’d like to see him as wolverine.

  • McA

    If they play the more comedic aspects of Gambit up, Tatum would be a pretty good fit. He’s not so great at the serious stuff (Magic Mike isn’t a bad performance though) but man he kills at the comedy – see 21 Jump Street. Still, it might be better to go the route they did with Jackman when casting Wolverine and go with a relative unknown.

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

    I actually like Taylor Kitch’s performance and thought he was great in the role, crappy movie, but his character was fun. Not sure about Tatum but his boxoffice draw would be much better from a studio perspective. I’d still like to see them stick w Kitsch as it would help the continuity in the series and surround him w a few A listers in supporting roles. Who knows as Tatum is a mixed bag (21 Jump Street, Haywire, the Dilemma and Magic Mike are all good films that shows he can act).

  • Jan

    The included picture in the article displays his entire acting range.

  • Jamesy

    Could maybe see it happening, depends how they write it. If they go with the more comedic aspects of Gambit I think Tatum would be decent, and from a “business” stand point it would be a good choice in terms of box office. I always thought Josh Holloway would be a great Gambit.

    • JBug

      Right on with Josh Holloway. He nailed the southern con-man aspect of it as well as the reforming bad boy. I love Gambit.

  • RiddleThemThis

    Not a huge Tatum fan, but I would definitely like to see more stand-alone character films and I think Gambit could work well. The Wolverine, in my opinion, was one of the better X-men films and I hope they keep it up.

  • Victor Orozco

    Channing Tatum for Gambit? Hell No!!! Keep Taylor Kitsch he was super entertaining in X-Men Origins Wolverine. The biggest complaint was that he wasn’t given much time. Just bring Kitsch back not that nobody Tatum.

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Fox is really banking on xmen days of future past to be a hit. It must be a hit. Xmen days of future past will be the most expensive superhero film ever made with a price tag of 250 million dollars without marketing cost. A quick look to the xmen franchise tells you why it’s a big risk sure to backfire
    The first xmen made more 150 million domestically which adjusted for inflation it’s almost 190 million dollars. X2 made a little more than 200 million dollar and the third xmen was the peak of the franchise at more than 230 million dollar. After this turd, box office for the xmen origin the wolverine shows that audience was tired of the xmen crap. One can argue that many circumstances made xmen origin wolverine a disappointment. The movie leaked beforehand, it was badly written, it features characters from the bottom of the well of the xmen comic book universe and it was directed by someone who doesn’t know how to direct commercial flare.
    Fair enough, then comes xmen first class while an improvement from the wolverine wasn’t an hit with the public. Sure it made more than 140 million domestically, but it posted lackluster dvd sales. Outside of the theaters, the movie didnt have a life. Its DVDs are sitting on shelves collecting dust waiting to be rented or bought. Foreign box office receipt was a little more than 200 million dollars which itself was a massive disappointment even if it was better than wolverine and the first xmen movie. Maybe it was the cast as none was a box office star. Whatever
    Then past year came the forgettable the wolverine movie. In a summer full of gem, the movie came and went. It wasn’t a flop but it wasn’t a hit either. The movie had no audience outside of the neckbearded fanboys. For the wolverine fox thankfully didnt spend much money on it compared to other xmen movies. While the movie wasn’t talked about in America, it was a big hit in select fireign markets.
    As you can see, since xmen 3 (which should have been the franchise last stand), the box office has gradually dwindled. Xmen is not an hot franchise among the superhero landscape. The franchise hasn’t even hit 300 million dollars aboard!!! A d the last 3 movies had little life outside of theaters.
    But somehow that didnt stop fox to spend more than 250 million dollars in this lone movie. The movie will flop, because no way it makes more than 600 million dollars worldwide to break even.

    • Mixed Race Idiot NYC

      Universal is really banking on Spike Lee’s Oldboy to be a hit. It must be a hit. Oldboy will be the most expensive interacial film ever made with a price tag of $30 million dollars without marketing cost. A quick look to other mixed race films tells you why it’s a big risk sure to backfire
      The first film Roots made more 1.5 million domestically which adjusted for inflation it’s almost 1.9 million dollars. Roots Ch.2 made a little more than 2.0 million dollar and the third Roots (also known as Amistad) was the peak of the franchise at more than 2.3 million dollar. After this turd, box office for the Do the Right Thing shows that audience were tired of the Spike Lee. One can argue that many circumstances made Do the Right Thing a disappointment. The movie leaked beforehand in back alleys of Harlem, it was badly written, it features characters from the bottom of the well of the African American talent and it was directed by someone who tried to also star in it – who does he think he is Ben Stiller?
      Fair enough, then, after changing his name to Keenan Ivory Waynes, comes Don’t Be a Menace 2 the Society while Drinking your Juice Hood while an improvement from the Do the Right Thing wasn’t an hit with the public. Sure it made more than 1.4 million domestically, but it posted lackluster vhs sales. Outside of the theaters, the movie didnt have a life. Its VHSs are sitting on shelves, along w Pooty Tang, collecting dust waiting to be rented or bought. Foreign box office receipt was a little more than 2 million dollars which itself was a massive disappointment even if it was better than Do the Right Thing and Don’t Be a Menace 2 the Society while Drinking your Juice Hood. Maybe it was the cast as none was a box office star. Whatever
      Then past decade came the forgettable the White Chicks movie. In a summer full of gem, the movie came and went. It wasn’t a flop but it wasn’t a hit either. The movie had no audience outside of the neckbearded fanboys. For White Chicks Fox thankfully didnt spend much money on it compared to other mixed race movies. While the movie wasn’t talked about in America, it was a big hit in select fireign markets -although I’m not sure where as I can’t even spell foreign much less look at a globe to know.
      As you can see, since Amistad (which should have been the franchise), the box office has gradually dwindled. Mixed race is not an hot franchise among the people who enjoy watching the E channel. The franchise hasn’t even hit 300 million dollars aboard!!! A d the last 3 movies had little life outside of theaters.
      But somehow that didnt stop fox to spend more than 60 million dollars in this lone movie. The movie will flop, because no way it makes more than 100 million dollars worldwide to break even. Submitting my thesis to NYC for the 100th time this week. Let’s hope my copy and paste technique is finally mastered

    • The Flobbit

      You are quite possibly the most idiotic douchebag to ever sit in front of a keyboard.

      • Melwing

        At least he doesn’t tell people to kill themselves like somebody I know.

  • Dalinkwent

    Tatum is a awful actor, sorry. I can’t imagine him trying to do a cajun accent or anything subtle like Gambits anti-hero qualities. Why not bring back Taylor. He was fine and likely could shine with a better script. He was one of the few highlights of Origins.

  • Dalinkwent

    Tatum is a awful actor, sorry. I can’t imagine him trying to do a cajun accent or anything subtle like Gambits anti-hero qualities. Why not bring back Taylor. He was fine and likely could shine with a better script. He was one of the few highlights of Origins.

  • The Walking Cuban

    Phil Robertson.

  • The Walking Cuban

    Phil Robertson.

  • Fabyen Robinson

    I don’t see him pulling off the Creole accent. Haven’t seen much range out of him.

  • Fabyen Robinson

    I don’t see him pulling off the Creole accent. Haven’t seen much range out of him.

  • eternalozzie

    Too bad Andrew Garfield is Spider-man … he actually looks a lot like Gambit

  • eternalozzie

    Too bad Andrew Garfield is Spider-man … he actually looks a lot like Gambit

  • DJRickyV

    But he already plays Duke on GI Joe. There aren’t any other super hero shoes he can properly fill, quite frankly.

  • SomeGuy

    No, he was Magic Mike. He can’t be two superheroes. Okay, that joke sounded better in my head.

  • LEM

    Awful choice.

  • DaWookiee

    I’m not the biggest Channing Tatum fan, but I would love to see a Gambit movie regardless of who plays him. One thing I disagree with in this article though is that Origins did ruin Gambit. He had some cool moments, and I think Taylor Kitsch did a good job, but all the high-flying acrobatics and the jumping of buildings while twirling his staff like a helicopter was just ridiculous. The exploding playing cards are cool enough, there’s no need to try to turn him into Superman.

  • Redjester

    Looks like Gambit. Is from New Orleans like Gambit. Is a box office draw.

    Seems like pretty ideal casting choice to me (and I don’t even like Tatum).

  • Red

    That male prostitute Changing Tatoo can suck my behind. The worst “actor” ever!

  • DT

    This might be the worst idea EVER

  • je

    how about that villian guy-actor from prision break–robert knepper…to play gambit. he’s got older maturity & he ‘s a villain, got the looks & height?

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  • Mithrandir Greyholm

    Matt Bomer for Gambit!!!

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