Back in 2014, the idea for this movie became a reality, and Channing Tatum landed the role… and it’s been in the works ever since. What’s the hold-up!?? Just kidding, but seriously I’m ready for this one… Let’s do this!! At first, I thought… Hmmm, is that the right fit? A part of me thinks well, he does have the right personality, one would think but… Do I see him as super hero status?? Maybe it’s the whole “Magic Mike” thing that’s throwing me off. I mean.. good movie no doubt but far from anything X-Men related. Don’t get me wrong now… I do love me some Channing Tatum, what woman doesn’t…right?
As many of you know, Gambit is part of the X-Men crew, and this new movie will be a spin-off of sorts from the series. It has been in the works for quite a while now, but its release was pending on the success of Wolverine, according to the producer, Lauren Shuler Donner.
Initially, Taylor Kitsch, from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, was set to reprise his role as Gambit. Apparently, this time around the role wasn’t even offered to him…
“Um…no, I didn’t have a go at it. Ever since we finished the movie, it’s never really been an option. But no, I wish Channing nothing but the best. It was a fun character to play, and I learned a lot working with Hugh and had a fantastic time in Australia. I’m sure they’re doing their own thing with it, and I’m sure Channing will be great.”
I thought that was interesting… I mean I guess they thought they could find a better match for the role. Or seeing how X-Men Origins: Wolverine wasn’t the most successful out of the series, maybe Fox is trying to steer away from that version and create a whole new one, a more successful one. I guess. It totally surprises me, that the movie didn’t do better than that, not that it was a huge flop or anything but, still. I love Wolverine, he is my absolute favorite out of all the X-Men, everything Wolverine related should be super successful, I would think… And who doesn’t love watching Hugh Jackman? He is perfection in the role!
When asked about the role, even before he knew he had it, Channing Tatum was excited about the possibility of playing the role…
“I would like to play Gambit. Gambit’s my favorite. I’m from New Orleans, around that area. My dad’s from New Orleans, and I like to do a Cajun accent. I could do it for real… No knock on Taylor Kitsch, though, ’cause I actually like his Gambit, but I’ve always lived around Cajun people. Gambit was always like the woman-loving, cigarette-smoking, drinking guy. He was the punk rock of all the superheroes. He’s a thief. He kind of rode the line.”
I bet he is ecstatic knowing he actually landed the role. Seems to me he has a lot of passion for the character… so, that’s a great start! Donner confirmed Tatum had the role during the world premiere of X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Back in 2014, he also revealed that he was working on a solo project himself and hinted towards it being about Gambit. This makes me wonder if that had anything to do with him landing the role. Maybe there is a lot of collaborating to do together. Sounds like it to me… and, Tatum is also set to be a producer, under the conditions that he would take part in the film as the star, as well as continue to be a part of the X-Men team in future films.
Now that we know a bit more about how it all came together… I’m ready to feast my eyes the new Gambit in action… Good thing Tatum is so easy on the eyes too… lol. Here’s a teaser trailer… can’t wait to see this!
Wow!! Talk about a teaser… those words could not be truer in this case! I am so excited to see this… Tatum looks like the perfect fit to me!
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