Channing Tatum Has Met with X-Men Producers About Playing Gambit

Back in September of last year, Channing Tatum made a bit of a splash when he admitted to wanting to play the X-Men character Gambit, and now it seems that might actually be happening. Speaking with MTV (via /Film), Tatum confirmed that he has met with “X-Men” producer Lauren Shuler Donner, who has been involved in the casting for every single “X-Men” film.

“I met with 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.”

Director Bryan Singer recently acknowledged that we might be seeing Gambit in the X-Men: Apocalypse, which is currently planned for a May 27, 2016 release. Would you like to see Tatum play Gambit on the big screen?

You can watch the full interview with Tatum below. His comments on X-Men start at the 4:23 mark.

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