Channing Tatum revealed in a recent interview at the MTV Movie Awards that he has met with X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner about playing the mutant Gambit in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. Though nothing is official just yet, the actor said that he would “die” to play the role.
“I met with Lauren Shuler Donner. And I would love it. Gambit is really the only X-Man I’ve ever loved. I mean I’ve loved them all, they’re all great, but I guess from being down south – my dad’s from Louisiana, I’m from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida – I don’t know. I just related to him. I hope it [comes together]. You never know it’s a weird industry. If the stars align, I would die to play it. I’m already working on the accent. It’s crappy at the moment.”
Donner has said in the past she would like to do a Gambit movie with Tatum, and it’s not hard to see why, as the actor has become one of the hottest stars in Hollywood. Gambit, meanwhile, is one of the most popular characters from the X-Men comic books, but has had little screen time in the film franchise so far. He’s only appeared in the poorly-received X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where he was played by Friday Night Lights star Taylor Kitsch.
Really, it’s about time that fans of the character got a proper film version of Gambit, and I think that most people agree that Tatum would be the perfect actor to play the popular mutant. It’s really just a matter of time now before this happens, especially since the actor has already taken a meeting with Donner.
X-Men: Apocalypse is currently planned for a summer 2016 release and will act as a sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past. Bryan Singer, who is directing X-Men: Days of Future Past, and also directed the first two films in the series, will return to helm.
Check out Tatum’s comments in the video below and let us know if you’d like to see the actor play Gambit.