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‘X-Men’ Producer Lauren Shuler Donner Says Channing Tatum Is “On Board” For A ‘Gambit’ Movie

'X-Men' Producer Lauren Shuler Donner Says Channing Tatum Is "On Board" For A 'Gambit' Movie

The last time we heard anything about a standalone “Gambit” movie was circa “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” when Taylor Kitsch briefly popped up in the role. But the movie flopped and everyone likes to forget it happened, but it seems the character has now some life with hopes that he can shuffle his deck of cards on the big screen again.

Longtime “X-Men” movie producer Lauren Shuler Donner has revealed she’s got Channing Tatum in the bag for a movie, now she just needs to persuade the folks with greenlight powers to make it. “I’m dying to do a Gambit movie with Channing Tatum,” she told Empire. “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.”

This is some pretty surprising news, but perhaps not a total shock, with the actor long professing his love for the character, saying during “White House Down” press rounds last year, “I would like to play Gambit. Gambit’s my favourite.” And it seems that message was heard and received.

As for an actual movie happening, it seems still a bit of a way off, but reading between the lines, Donner seems to be suggesting an inexpensive approach, one that will keep the budget reasonable, especially for a character that isn’t quite in the top tier of the Marvel-verse.

But what do you think? Is Tatum right for Gambit? Let us know below.

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YES! I have been a fan of Xmen since I was a kid watching it as a cartoon on tv. I adore Channing and think he would play an excellent Gambit. He is from the area, knows the culture, and will talk the talk (Channing adds authenticity to the role). I just want the movie to be WELL written and not thrown together just to put the movie out there. Chan has grown as an actor with every movie he has done and has proven he has the skill & talent to play the action hero/leading man. No I am not a comic book reader but I am a HUGE fan of all the comic book movies with Xmen and The Avengers being my favorite series and my fav tv show is Marvel:Agents of Sheild. So go ahead and haters be hating. I stand by what I say 100%. (Since when does looking like the character matter? Thats what make-up & costume departments are for. Did Hugh Jackman really look like Wolverine? Jeesh!)

G Gills

What do I say to Gambit movie? Hell yes. Channing Tatum? Are you retarded?!?! That isn't even an option. 1. He's not a good enough actor. 2. He's just a model for teenage girls. 3. Looks nothing like Gambit. 4. It would piss every true comic fan of Gambit off.
I would rather there be no movie if Channing Tatum is going to be Gambit.

Jordan Anderson

FINALLY!!!!!! DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE!!!!! A GAMBIT MOVIE!!!!! FIANALLY!!!!!! MY ALL TIME FAVORITE SUPERHERO GAMBIT IS FIANLLY BEING GETTING A MOVIE!!!!!!!! SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Although I think they should have stuck with Taylor Kitsch like they had in X-Men Origins Wolverine, I think he is a better fit than Channing Tatum, but I'm not totally opposed to Channing Tatum as Gambit! But they better have rogue in the movie because she Gambits true love! Anna Paquin I think would be perfect!


As long as you portray it well is all that matters

TC Kirkham

Can you say "Disaster in the making", kids? I know you can….

This will NEVER work…Tatum takes the term 'wooden" to the nth degree in almost everything he does…

That Kid

Nerd rage in 1, 2, 3…


Interesting… Only problem is that Channing Tatum looks nothing like Gambit at all.

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