Channing Tatum while growing on the mass population as a legitimate actor thanks to the Jump Street films is about to jump into the superhero genre. As a long time fan of X-Men’s character Gambit the actor has actually sought after the role since X3: The Last Stand went into production. While the character was written out of that X-film the character made his debut in X-Men Origins: Wolverine played by Taylor Kitsch because Tatum was to busy with the first G.I.Joe film. Well, now the time has come for the actor to take on the raging cajun of the south.
While speaking with Empire Magazine the actor reiterates his heritage coming from the south as well as is infatuation with the Gambit character:
“I love Gambit, I grew up in the South; my father’s from Louisiana. We’d go to New Orleans and I heard all the dialects. It felt so different from the rest of America; it has its own ancient culture. So I identified with that. And he always felt the most real of the X-Men to me. He’s kind of a tortured soul and he’s not a good guy. But he’s not a bad guy, either. He walks his own path. And of course he plays cards and drinks and is a martial-arts badass!”
He then goes onto reveal that the first draft of the script has indeed been handed in and will feature the early day’s of Gambit and assuming his life with the waring Assassin & Thieves Guilds:
“Josh Zetumer just turned in the first draft of the script, and it’s killer. None of us were sure how he was going to deal with the X-Men world. But we’re going to be changing some of the tropes of these movies. It’s always about saving the world (Laughs), but maybe we’re going to shift things a little bit. There’s so many ways you can take [an origin story]. You could do it like Batman Begins, or a different take and go the Guardians of the Galaxy route. All I can say is, I’m super excited.”
It’ll be interesting to see if they will use Mister Sinister in the film who has yet to be shown in an X-Film but who also has strong ties to Apocalypse.
Gambit will debut Fall 2016