Channing Tatum is Officially Gambit, For Whatever That Will Accomplish

I’m still not entirely sure how or why this is happening, but actor Channing Tatum will officially play Gambit in a new X-Men spin-off film. The casting has been rumored for awhile now, but today, Deadline is confirming that Tatum is signed on to the role, with a film treatment penned by legendary X-Men writer Chris Claremont. Robocop scribe Josh Zetumer has been hired to write the actual screenplay. I don’t know if that’s good or bad.

But hey, Channing Tatum as Gambit, everybody!

I honestly don’t know what to think about this. I like Channing Tatum just fine. He’s good in the Jump Street movies. Is he right to play Gambit? I suppose he could be. I like Gambit too. As a child who grew up watching the 90s X-Men cartoon, I’ll always have a soft spot for Gambit. But I’m not a stickler who demands he be a suave, Cajun-accented pretty boy. Maybe Tatum will be fine as the character. Maybe the spin-off movie will be fine. I’m not sure why FOX thinks they can turn Gambit into a franchise the same way they have Wolverine, considering Gambit has only ever appeared in the worst of all the X-Men movies.

But hey, I’m not a Hollywood guy, so who knows what?

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Posted on October 31, 2014, in Marvel, Movies, X-Men and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Because if there’s one thing we need more of, it’s superhero films starring a handsome white male lead.

    Come on, Fox. X-Men are supposed to be the pro-minority franchise. So why not make some X-Men movies with minority leads? Hey, here’s an idea for Fox: Make Gambit gay. Bryan Singer pushed the “mutants as metaphor for gays” angle in his movies. So why not take it that next step, and not only include an LGBT character (yet to happen in the X-Men films), but actually have a movie where the protagonist is LGBT? And why not do it with Gambit?

    They won’t, of course. And so, I will continue to not give a shit about the very concept of a Gambit movie.

    • That would make for an interesting change of pace. I bet Mystique could headline her own movie.

    • They could make him bisexual, they barely even have to change anything, he already flirts with any beautiful woman, just have him flirt with a couple of guys as well, I could perfectly see comic or TV Gambit doing it without breaking character or personality.
      They’ll have a LGTB character and it won’t look as forced as changing his sexuality completely for the sake of diversity.

      • Northstar would be perfect for all the upcoming X-Men films. They need new mutants every time!

      • Multiple writers, including James Asmus, have said they consider Gambit to be bisexual. A lot of fans also think he’s bisexual. So, yeah, make him bisexual in the movie. Include a scene where he’s at some party, and he grabs and kisses some guy, then says to call him. And then the guy finds his wallet’s missing, and has been replaced by a piece of paper with a phone number.

        That scene won’t happen. Gambit’s going to be completely, totally, 100% heterosexual in the movie. The same as he’s been, effectively, 100% heterosexual in the comics – despite writers saying they’ve written him as bisexual, he doesn’t even really flirt with guys, while he flirts with basically every woman he comes across. The movie will show him as a womanizer, but have him fall in love with some woman who’s got something special about her or whatever.

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