It was confirmed by producer Lauren Shuler Donner at the X-Men: Days of Future Past premiere that Tatum will be playing Gambit in the upcoming X-Men spin-off.
This news is particularly interesting, as Taylor Kitsch was cast as Gambit in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
The producer also chatted with reporters at The Daily Mail, stating that she would like to see Gambit, Deadpool, and X-Force to the screen in their own spin-offs, which would have Tatum starring in his own trilogy, much like Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine trilogy.
Tatum, on Gambit as a character and why he’d love to play him:
“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,” says Tatum.
“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… If the stars align, I would die to play it.”
X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theatres on May 24.
There is also a sequel, titled X-Men: Apocalypse, tentatively scheduled for release on May 27, 2016.
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