Recently Lauren Shuler Donner, a producer for the X-Men: Days of Future Past has announced that she would like to make a Gambit solo film. Recently, she has already found her Gambit: Channing Tatum, who is actually known for being a true fan of the X-Men. He went on record last year during a press conference for White House Down stating, “I would like to play Gambit. Gambit’s my favorite. I’m from New Orleans, around that area. My dad’s from New Orleans, and I like to do a Cajun accent. I could do it for real.”
Gambit has made an appearance in only one of the X-Men films, even though he is a regular in the Comics and TV series. Gambit appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and was played by Taylor Kitsch. Kitsch’s portrayal of the gambling Cajun was poorly received in the comic world. For example, Ali Plumb of Empire explained that Kitsch’s portrayal “mangled” Gambit into a “throwaway role.” Mainly people just believed that it wasn’t an accurate portrayal of the character.
Tatum would provide and interesting perspective on Gambit. Tatum believes that he understands the true essence of the character. He sees Gambit as a “woman-loving, cigarette-smoking, drinking guy. He [is] the punk rock of all the superheroes.” One thing that Tatum missed in his statement is that Gambit is known as a CardShark and general gambler. Even Kitsch’s Gambit has a scene where he’s at a poker table. Gambit’s persona makes his character very popular among poker players. Many online poker players use his persona and picture as their avatar when playing online, like on one of the top poker sites Betfair.com. They also have an X-Men themed slot game featuring Gambit, which just shows how popular the X-Men characters are within the gambling community.
It will be some time before the shooting can begin on the Gambit film; both Donner and Tatum have some things to work out. She is also in need of a story and director for the movie.
Donner is still putting the finishing touches on X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is set to be released in May. The new X-Men film will not feature Gambit (or Tatum). The film is based on the premise that Wolverine has to go back into time to team up with a younger Magneto and Xavier to save the world. Hugh Jackman will be playing Wolverine again, and the film will also include Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) and Ellen Page (Juno & Inception). Other actors from the previous films will be featured as well.
Tatum has several projects that he’s working on. He’s finishing up working on the sequel 22 Jump Street along nwith Jupiter Ascending, Book of Life, and Foxcatcher.
It appears that as soon as Donner and Tatum can get it altogether that filming will start. Twentieth Century Fox Films also appears to be ready for the film, even though the company put a stop to the planned Gambit film that was going to feature Kitsch. Apparently, Fox changed its mind when Tatum announced that he would love to be a part of it.