Channing Tatum Talks About Gambit’s Origin Story and His Role in the X-Men. After the announcement of Gambit getting his own film, fans have been craving for more information on how he would be portrayed. Channing Tatum gave his thoughts on where the story’s going.
In his interview with Empire Magazine (via CBM), Tatum shared a few details on Gambit’s first solo film. He made it clear that he was interested in playing the Cajun mutant as Fox is currently searching for a director for 2016’s next X-Men spin-off. “I love Gambit,” Tatum said to Empire. Tatum also discussed how Gambit connects with his Southern roots.
I grew up in the South; my father’s from Louisiana. We’d go to New Orleans and I heard all the dialects. It felt so different from the rest of America; it has its own ancient culture. So I identified with that. And he always felt the most real of the X-Men to me. He’s kind of a tortured soul and he’s not a good guy. But he’s not a bad guy, either. He walks his own path. And of course he plays cards and drinks and is a martial-arts badass!
So it appears that the movie will be pretty much faithful to the source material, and it will come to no surprise what X-Men writer Chris Claremont cooks up for the film.
As far as filming goes, the actor said that the film is still in the scripting stages. He said:
Josh Zetumer just turned in the first draft of the script, and it’s killer. None of us were sure how he was going to deal with the X-Men world. But we’re going to be changing some of the tropes of these movies. It’s always about saving the world (Laughs), but maybe we’re going to shift things a little but. There’s so many ways you can take [an origin story]. You could do it like Batman Begins, or a different take and go the Guardians of the Galaxy route. All I can say is, I’m super excited.
We still don’t know if Gambit will appear in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, but his first solo outing may become a hit by the looks of things. What do you guys think?
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