So even though technically it’s not 100% official, it’s looking basically like it’s a done deal that Channing Tatum is the new Gambit in the X-Men franchise. X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner has gone on the record saying that Tatum is her man to play Gambi
The actor recently revealed to MTV that they’re starting to lay down the ground work:
“Creatively, we’re starting to chug forward. Obviously there’s nothing [official], there are only conversations and dreams right now, really.”
They likley just have to figure out contract details like how many movies Tatum will be in.
Previous reports indicated that he would be introduced in X-Men: Apocalypse and then would follow that with his own standalone film. Now Tatum says that may not be the case:
“We’ve talked about it being a standalone, first, and actually trying to change the ‘hero, superhero movie.’ Because Gambit is not your typical hero. He’s a thief. He walks on the gray. I’m hoping we can change it a little bit, and then ultimately feather into the other ones.”
Though no writer or director have been attached to the project yet, it’s possible that Gambit could be the untitled FOX Marvel movie which is set for release on July 18th, 2018. That would support what Tatum wants to do since X-Men: Apocalypse is set for 2016.
Created by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee in 1990, the mutant from New Orleans quickly became a fan favorite due to his kinetic energy manipulation powers, charm, and anti-hero nature. Gambit’s name was an Easter egg in X2 and he was played by Taylor Kitsch in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.