A “ladies man” with a vulnerable side for Rogue, is one description you can use for Gambit. Where do you start to look for a ladies man with a vulnerable side for a beautiful woman? How about Channing Tatum? The women love a shirtless Channing Tatum.
X-Men: Days of Future Past producer Lauren Shuler Donner, has confirmed the casting of Tatum to Total Film. When asked by a reporter whom she was considering to play Gambit given that Tatum, 34, was rumored for the role, Donner told him, “It is Channing!”
Donner goes on to say, “He’s a rogue, Channing. He’s a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau [Gambit], and he can handle the action. We all know that. And he’s got a real good heart … I think he’ll be great for Gambit. He’s a Southerner too … He understands that world, and you know Gambit loves New Orleans.”
Tatum has not been shy about his interest in the role. In 2013, when he was promoting his movie White House Down, Tatum spoke to Total Film about his dream of one day playing the role, “There are a lot of superheroes out there. I’d like to play Gambit, because I’m from New Orleans, around that area, and my dad’s from New Orleans, and I like to do the Cajun accent. No knock on Taylor Kitsch at all, I like his Gambit, But I’ve always lived in and around the Cajun people, and I would have like to have seen … Gambit was always like the woman-living, cigarette-smoking, drinking – you know; he was the punk rock of all the superheroes.”
In recent years, Tatum has carved out a niche for himself as a hunky action star who can muster up some comedic relief in films such as White House Down, 21 Jump Street, and G.I. Joe. He has also shown some dramatic range with films such as Magic Mike, which was loosely, based off of his real life experiences. His next cinematic adventure is with director Bennett Miller, in a film called Foxcatcher. It is based on a true story about the murder of Olympic Wrestler Dave Shultz. Tatum’s character is Mark Shultz, brother of Dave and fellow Olympic gold medalist. Foxcatcher will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 19th and will open from Sony Pictures Classics on November 14, 2014.