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?