Monday, August 3, 2015

Channing Tatum Officially Signed On For X-Men Spinoff 'Gambit'

          It's official, Channing Tatum is playing Gambit in an upcoming solo movie. This news comes after the rumors earlier this week that says Tatum was planning on leaving the project set for 2016, which was a huge surprise to fans since he recently appeared at Comic-Con with a Gambit shirt on the Fox panel. But now that he has officially signed on it's time to throw those rumors away.

            The news came from The Hollywood Reporter who confirmed that Channing Tatum is signed on to play Remy LeBeau in the X-Men spinoff. Although they also say that it actually did have some trouble along the way, as negotiations almost fell through between 20th Century Fox and Tatum. It should be noted that this project only came to be since Tatum publicly showed his love for the character and having known X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner also helped in his petition to play the part. Way back in 2013, when asked if he had a superhero in mind to play, he said that "I would like to play Gambit. Gambit is my favorite, because I'm from New Orleans, or around that area. My dad is from New Orleans and I'd love to do that." Just like what happened to Ryan Reynolds who is now leading in his own X-Men spinoff with 'Deadpool', development for this film would not have happened without the passion and interest that the actors have shown for their favorite characters.

            Now about his cameo as Gambit in X-Men: Apocalypse who is currently shooting on the filming location in Montreal, it's sad to say that he won't be appearing in the said X-Men film. This might be due to Fox wanting to give him a more proper introduction in the X-Men universe rather than a quick cameo in the already filled cast of the movie. Deadpool in the other hand has no news on the matter if he will be appearing there. With three movies next year, Fox does have a lot of work ahead of them so polishing the tiny details might be more important than showing cameos.

            Tatum hopes that his Gambit, a mutant with the ability to control kinetic energy, would be anchor to the entire franchise just as Wolverine did in the last 15 years. After Hugh Jackman's plans to leave the franchise, Fox would definitely want to find another bankable action star to headline their movies and Tatum looks like he could be that star.

Production for the movie is planned to begin this fall, with Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt attached to helm the movie. The filming location will be at New Orleans and casting for the film is currently ongoing. Tatum will produce and star in said film, hopefully having his Cajun accent perfected by the time they begin. With a script ready and a $150 million budget, Gambit looks to be another blockbuster by Fox. Gambit opens to theaters on October 7th, 2016.


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