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Channing Tatum confirms meetings regarding the lead in the Gambit movie

04.15.2014

Not sure if you would consider this an improvement or a step backwards from Taylor Kitsch but Channing Tatum has confirmed that he has met with producer Lauren Shuler Donner about the possibility of starring in a an X-MEN spin-off centered on Gambit. Back in January, Donner revealed that Channing Tatum would be her choice for a potential Gambit film, but it seemed like the type of talk that gets rumors started. Now, it seems like it was a lot more than that.

Speaking with MTV regarding his recent Trailblazer Award win on the network, Tatum said the following.

ďI met with Lauren Schuler Donner. I would loveóGambitís my really only X-Men that Iíve ever loved. I [mean] Iíve loved them all, theyíre all great, [but] I donít know I guess just being from down southómy dadís from Louisiana and Iím from Mississippi, Alabama, and FloridaóI donít know I just related to him. Heís just kind of a suave; heís the most un-X-Men X-Man whoís ever been in X-Men, other than maybe Wolverine. Heís kind of like the anti-hero; heís a thief. Heís not even like a hero, heís kind of walking the line of grey. He loves women and drinking and smoking, heís just a cool guy that happens to have a good moral center.Ē

This echoes Donner's statements from back in January. Again, these types of meetings happen all the time in Hollywood and nothing may come of it, but Tatum also added another note that could tease how realistic this Gambit movie is.

ďI hope it does [come together]. You never know, itís a weird industry. If the stars align, I would play it. Iím already working on the accent.Ē

Out of context, this could mean anything. Tatum has 22 JUMP STREET and JUPITER RISING hitting screens this summer and will have MAGIC MIKE XXL next. That movie will hit screens July 3, 2015. Tatum could begin shooting GAMBIT anytime after MAGIC MIKE XXL which would continue to flesh out 20th Century Fox's X-MEN slate. The only question is whether comic fans would like the casting.

Source: MTV

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12:09PM on 04/17/2014
Horrible. Just horrible. Kitsch was fine in the role. But, more importantly bring back Cyclops, you know the team leader in all of this.
Horrible. Just horrible. Kitsch was fine in the role. But, more importantly bring back Cyclops, you know the team leader in all of this.
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12:29PM on 04/16/2014

michael b

why not michael b jordan
why not michael b jordan
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11:16AM on 04/16/2014

video of Channing Tatum practicing his accent in the mirror

Is a viral video just waiting to happen.
Is a viral video just waiting to happen.
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11:12AM on 04/16/2014
I don't mind Tatum. He is a decent actor but not sure about for for a solo Gambit film. I personally think Josh Hartnett would make for a kick ass Gambit.
I don't mind Tatum. He is a decent actor but not sure about for for a solo Gambit film. I personally think Josh Hartnett would make for a kick ass Gambit.
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8:39AM on 04/16/2014

Like the HULK

If this happens, THERE WILL BE a third actor in the role...I don't see the problem people had with Kitsch...Yes he wasn't the IDEAL Gambit but do we need to shit on a great character with a WAY under qualified actor? I mean Tatum is entertaining in comedic roles but ANYTHING else he cannot handle. I've directed a lot of actors and Tatum just memorizes lines, he never makes a character his own. This casting will fail the character if it happens.
If this happens, THERE WILL BE a third actor in the role...I don't see the problem people had with Kitsch...Yes he wasn't the IDEAL Gambit but do we need to shit on a great character with a WAY under qualified actor? I mean Tatum is entertaining in comedic roles but ANYTHING else he cannot handle. I've directed a lot of actors and Tatum just memorizes lines, he never makes a character his own. This casting will fail the character if it happens.
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4:07AM on 04/16/2014
Gambit, no. Deadpool, perhaps.
Gambit, no. Deadpool, perhaps.
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2:04AM on 04/16/2014
I hate the idea of Tatum as Gambit. Personally Michael Raymond-James, who already nailed the accent on True Blood season 1 would be my top pick.
I hate the idea of Tatum as Gambit. Personally Michael Raymond-James, who already nailed the accent on True Blood season 1 would be my top pick.
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3:15AM on 04/16/2014
He nailed the accent, but the guy looks nothing like Gambit.

Josh Holloway or Alexander Skarsgaard is the way to go for casting Gambit at this point.
He nailed the accent, but the guy looks nothing like Gambit.

Josh Holloway or Alexander Skarsgaard is the way to go for casting Gambit at this point.
1:40AM on 04/16/2014

Alex Pettyfer....

Alex Pettyfer....my choice for Gambit. He was in I Am Number Four, and In Time. He has the closest look to cartoon series to me. He could pull off voice I'm sure, got the right hair.
Alex Pettyfer....my choice for Gambit. He was in I Am Number Four, and In Time. He has the closest look to cartoon series to me. He could pull off voice I'm sure, got the right hair.
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1:31AM on 04/16/2014
just not feeling him as gambit i like him in comedies but when he does drama i cannot fucking stand him
just not feeling him as gambit i like him in comedies but when he does drama i cannot fucking stand him
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8:22AM on 04/16/2014
I agree, he's not a natural at acting AT ALL.
I agree, he's not a natural at acting AT ALL.
2:03AM on 04/17/2014
very stiff imo
very stiff imo
11:25PM on 04/15/2014

It would be nice for him to do - if he could actually act.

Since he annoys me greatly, I would not be happy with the casting decision.
Since he annoys me greatly, I would not be happy with the casting decision.
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11:11PM on 04/15/2014

a Louisianna version of Daryl from the Walking Dead

Gambit.
Gambit.
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10:09PM on 04/15/2014

HAHAHA

Gambit is a crappy character - IMO. NEVER liked him thought Taylor K did an admirable job in the role. Tatum, as much charisma as he might or might not have - is soooooooo wrong for this role.
Gambit is a crappy character - IMO. NEVER liked him thought Taylor K did an admirable job in the role. Tatum, as much charisma as he might or might not have - is soooooooo wrong for this role.
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11:06PM on 04/15/2014
Gambit is anything but a crappy character.
Gambit is anything but a crappy character.
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9:12PM on 04/15/2014

A step backward.

Despite the unpopular opinion of the X-Men Origin: Wolverine film, Taylor Kitsch was very believable as the Cajun. His accent could have been a little thicker though.
Despite the unpopular opinion of the X-Men Origin: Wolverine film, Taylor Kitsch was very believable as the Cajun. His accent could have been a little thicker though.
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9:09PM on 04/15/2014
I wouldn't mind seeing a Gambit movie but not with Channing Tatum as the leading character.
I wouldn't mind seeing a Gambit movie but not with Channing Tatum as the leading character.
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8:58PM on 04/15/2014

I'm willing to give him a try

He says he has family from the area so that's a plus. He seems to be doing well in movies like 21 JUMP STREET and MAGIC MIKE so the guy seems bankable. I really didn't like Taylor Kitsch in the role, so this seems like a step up.
He says he has family from the area so that's a plus. He seems to be doing well in movies like 21 JUMP STREET and MAGIC MIKE so the guy seems bankable. I really didn't like Taylor Kitsch in the role, so this seems like a step up.
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8:24PM on 04/15/2014

Sell X-men back already

This is my advice across the board for non-Marvel Marvel properties. I think this is what people who don't work at Fox and Sony really want.

Since God doesn't want Wolverine and Captain America to ever meet, fuck it, Josh Holloway.
This is my advice across the board for non-Marvel Marvel properties. I think this is what people who don't work at Fox and Sony really want.

Since God doesn't want Wolverine and Captain America to ever meet, fuck it, Josh Holloway.
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8:20PM on 04/15/2014
I'm a fan of Tatum and think the guy can actually act, but I'm not so sure I would want him for Gambit. If we could have Kitsch back that would be great, but if not then I would love to see Josh Holloway take the role. The guy was born to play the role and I can't think of anyone better to play the part.
I'm a fan of Tatum and think the guy can actually act, but I'm not so sure I would want him for Gambit. If we could have Kitsch back that would be great, but if not then I would love to see Josh Holloway take the role. The guy was born to play the role and I can't think of anyone better to play the part.
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11:44AM on 04/16/2014
Agree with Josh holloway 100%!
Agree with Josh holloway 100%!
8:03PM on 04/15/2014

Taylor Kitsch reacts to Channing Tatum's interest in Gambit

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7:37PM on 04/15/2014
Well, count me out.
Well, count me out.
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7:34PM on 04/15/2014

Gambit

Isn't there an actual Cajun actor that could be cast in this role?
Isn't there an actual Cajun actor that could be cast in this role?
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7:32PM on 04/15/2014
Nah.

I really don't get the hate for Kitsch. A lot of the stuff he's been in hasn't been very good, but his performances were as good as could be expected in those circumstances. And I thought John Carter was vastly underrated.

I would much rather see Kitsch return as Gambit, rather than Tatum.
Nah.

I really don't get the hate for Kitsch. A lot of the stuff he's been in hasn't been very good, but his performances were as good as could be expected in those circumstances. And I thought John Carter was vastly underrated.

I would much rather see Kitsch return as Gambit, rather than Tatum.
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8:21PM on 04/15/2014
I'm a big fan of continuity, or at least I hate when they randomly change actors between films or seasons.

Also, fuck yeah John Carter was underrated. I loved it and want to see more. I don't understand the hate.
I'm a big fan of continuity, or at least I hate when they randomly change actors between films or seasons.

Also, fuck yeah John Carter was underrated. I loved it and want to see more. I don't understand the hate.
8:49PM on 04/15/2014
The amazing disappearing Cajun accent was a big minus when Kitsch played Gambit in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE.

Add James Purefoy and Mark Strong blowing him off the screen in JOHN CARTER, and I can understand why Taylor Kitsch isn't getting many leading man roles these days.
The amazing disappearing Cajun accent was a big minus when Kitsch played Gambit in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE.

Add James Purefoy and Mark Strong blowing him off the screen in JOHN CARTER, and I can understand why Taylor Kitsch isn't getting many leading man roles these days.
7:16PM on 04/15/2014
I can already hear the butchered cajun accent
I can already hear the butchered cajun accent
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7:08PM on 04/15/2014

Meanwhile over at Marvel Studios...

Meanwhile over at Marvel Studios...
Meanwhile over at Marvel Studios...
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6:22PM on 04/15/2014
NoOoooooo!
NoOoooooo!
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5:51PM on 04/15/2014
When Jupiter Ascending bombs I expect this all to blow over.
When Jupiter Ascending bombs I expect this all to blow over.
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8:32AM on 04/16/2014
Exactly.
Exactly.
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5:46PM on 04/15/2014

Well.....

I actually liked Kitch (for only the second time in his career) as Gambit. I thought he did well with a poorly-written small part. Not sure if he'd be good for an entire movie, but other than the accent, Tatum is definitely a lateral step in the acting range department.....
I actually liked Kitch (for only the second time in his career) as Gambit. I thought he did well with a poorly-written small part. Not sure if he'd be good for an entire movie, but other than the accent, Tatum is definitely a lateral step in the acting range department.....
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5:39PM on 04/15/2014
Oh fer fuks sake man!!! Just because your father's second cousin was born in Louisiana it does not make you a good choice to play Gambit. Grow up Peter Pan!
Oh fer fuks sake man!!! Just because your father's second cousin was born in Louisiana it does not make you a good choice to play Gambit. Grow up Peter Pan!
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