We’ve known for a while now that Channing Tatum has had his heart set on playing Gambit in future X-Men films. He was never officially confirmed for the role, but especially over the past couple of months his name has been popping up time and time again. Now, X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner has revealed that the actor has indeed taken the role and he will be appearing in future films.
At the red carpet premiere for X-Men: Days of Future Past, Total Film caught up with Donner and asked her if Gambit had been cast yet. Here’s what she had to say
“It is Channing. He’s a rogue, Channing, he’s a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau. And he can handle the action, we all know that. And he’s got a really good heart, because I know him personally, I did a movie [2006's She's the Man] with him. So I think he’ll be great. He’ll be great for Gambit. And he’s a Southerner, too. He’s not from New Orleans, but he is a Southerner, he understands that world. And you know Gambit loves New Orleans.”
This is the first official confirmation of Tatum’s casting.Though Taylor Kitsch played the character in the poorly received X-Men Origins: Wolverine, fans have been clamouring to see a proper Gambit on screen for a long time now and most people are 90% behind having Tatum in the role.
Director Bryan Singer has already mentioned that he’d like to see Gambit in X-Men: Apocalypse, so we’re betting that’s where he’ll first show up. Aside from that, there’s also been talk of a possible Gambit spinoff, so we could see him there as well.