According to X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner, Channing Tatum has been cast in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” the expected sequel to Bryan Signer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” I don’t know if all the contracts have been signed and the trailers prepared, but Shuler, talking to Total Film, seems 100% certain that it’s a done deal when asked what kind of actor she saw playing Gambit.
Here’s what she said, rather matter-of-factly and without hesitation, when posed with the question:
It is Channing. He’s a rogue, he’s a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau. And he can handle the action, as we know, and he’s got a real good heart, I know him personally. He’ll be great for Gambit, and he’s a southerner too. He’s not from New Orleans, but he is a southerner, so he understands that world, and you know Gambit loves New Orleans.
That sounds like music to Tatum’s ears, who said this last year about playing the X-Man:
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. No knock on Taylor Kitsch, though, ’cause I actually like his Gambit, but I’ve always lived around Cajun people … Gambit was always like the woman-loving, cigarette-smoking, drinking [guy]. He was the punk rock of all the superheroes. He’s a thief. He kind of rode the line.
I’ll be honest. I don’t even remember Kitsch’s version of Gambit from “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” Then again, I don’t remember a whole lot from “Origins” except that it had, for about five minutes, likely the only time we’ll ever see Ryan Reynolds play a dead-perfect Deadpool.
“Days of Future Past” should do reasonably well, so the sequel, due in 2016, seems likely.
Here’s the video where Shuler made the above statements: