Many people across the internet rejoiced at the idea, while others were left disappointed that the hunky star of 21 Jump Street was leaving the project. But with the rumors being, well, rumors, nobody could know for sure what the hell was going to happen.
But now we have official word regarding Tatum’s status with Gambit: He will be starring in the film!
The Hollywood Reporter was first to break this exclusive news, and, according to their sources, those rumors that divided the internet into pro-Tatum and anti-Tatum camps did hold some merit afterall.
Sources say that Tatum and the studio actually did hit a snag during negotiations, but Tatum’s role was never in any real danger as the actor had already invested himself as both an actor and a producer for Gambit.
He even made a surprise appearance at Fox’s X-Men panel at Comic-Con in July, which pretty much solidified him in the role.
With Tatum confirmed, Gambit is now well on its way to becoming a huge part of the X-Men Universe. What that part will grow to be, only time can tell.
Gambit is being produced by 20th Century Fox and is an X-Men spin off movie. The film hits theaters October 2016.
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The internet went crazy after a rumor spread that Channing Tatum may be exiting FOX’s Gambit.
Fans of the Tatum Tots were disappointed in this development, while others rejoiced! “At long last the Tatum has fled!” Those dubious of his ability to properly portray the comic book character who they hold near to their hearts breathed a sigh of collective relief.
But even Tatum haters have to admit that he has evolved as an actor from his great performance in Fox Catcher, and he’s shown that he has developed comedic timing in the Jump Street reboot.
No matter where you fall in the Gambit fandom, it is important to point out that Channing Tatum was responsible for making this solo movie happen. If it wasn’t for his constant talks with studio executives, FOX may not have even considered the Cajun for his own film. Though it’s hard for fans to believe, Tatum has been a life-long fan of the character. Would he have actually portrayed the Ragin’ Cajun well? If these rumors prove to be true we’ll never know. We will, however, still have a Gambit movie that may be produced by Tatum and his creative partner, Reid Carolin.
Potential replacements have not yet been discussed.
Taylor Kitsch, who portrayed a fantastic Ultimate Gambit, has had his dance card full for quite some time now. Could Norman Reedus, a fan favorite, step into the role? What about Michael Raymond-James (True Blood, Once Upon A Time) who seems to have perfected his Cajun accent? Lets face it: fans aren’t going to be happy with any casting unless Fox can somehow use their mutant powers to bring this guy to life:
Gambit is slated for release on Oct. 7, 2016.
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Magic Mike XXL releases soon over the July 4th weekend and writer Reid Carolin sat down for an interview with Screen Rant in which a few details about the new Gambit movie he is producing were revealed.
As we know, Channing Tatum, star of MM XXL, will be portraying Gambit in the upcoming movie set in New Orleans, LA. While Tatum’s Cajun accent doesn’t seem to be fully realized quite yet, Carolin introduced the actor to an old friend from college who has helped Tatum brush up and learn some light of hand, as well as how to throw the cards like a pro.
Gambit is a mutant who has the ability to charge objects with kinetic energy. He’s appeared in many arcs of the X-Men comic series, and is well-known to always have a deck of cards (come on, that’s 52 explosives right there) and his trademark bo staff.
While the casting might have put some people off, it’s going to be interesting to see what kind of power Tatum puts in the character and how well he channels our favorite X-Man’s signature fighting style. I think it’s going to be a rip-roaring good movie to say the least, and I await the trailer!
Carolin confirmed that Gambit is slated to start filming in New Orleans this fall, with a scheduled release on October 7, 2016.