A few days ago we noted that various producers involved in the X-Men franchise have been wanting to expand the X-Men cinematic universe a la the Marvel Cinematic Universe by giving Jennifer Lawrence a Mystique film, as well as giving the character Gambit a film series, with rumors of Channing Tatum possibly taking on the role of the Cajun mutant and thief. And hey, he wants the role too, so let’s make a big deal out of it.
Not only has director Bryan Singer said he’d like to bring Gambit into the franchise, Tatum has said he wants the role. And now he’s apparently taken a meeting with producers on the subject. Tatum had this to say during an interview at the MTV Movie Awards (via /Film):
I met with [producer] 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. He’s just kind of suave… He’s the most un X-Men X-Man that’s ever been in X-Men. Other than maybe Wolverine, who’s like the anti-hero. He’s a thief. He’s not even a hero. He’s kind of walking the line of grey…He loves women and drinking and smoking and stuff so he’s just a cool guy who happens to have a moral center….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.
If Fox were to put together the right film, Gambit could indeed be a strong sub-franchise in the X-Men universe—he’s a caddish anti-hero, a Wolverine with a little more charm. And now that Wolverine is likely on is way out (Hugh Jackman will eventually start aging, right?), Gambit could really fill that void.
What do you think of the Gambit news?