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X-Men Producer Lauren Shuler Donner On A Channing Tatum Gambit Movie
'How can anyone resist Channing?'

30 January 2014  |  Written by Ali Plumb  |  Source: Empire

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From recent interviews and press conferences, it's clear that Channing Tatum is a big X-Men fan. In particular, he loves Gambit, the charming Cajun card-thrower who starred in the comics, the '90s animated TV series and, unfortunately, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where he was mangled by a throwaway role for Taylor Kitsch. Now, in our new X-Men: Days Of Future Past issue, we learned from X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner that a Tatum-led Gambit movie may be closer than you'd think.

"I'm dying to do a Gambit movie with Channing Tatum," Shuler Donner reveals. "That doesn't have to be a great big movie. It's a thief in New Orleans, it's a whole different story. He's on board, and I have to get the studio on board. How can anyone resist Channing? He's such a sweetheart."

At a White House Down press conference last year, Tatum said, “I would like to play Gambit. Gambit’s my favourite. 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.”

So it sounds like the star and studio are thinking along the same lines, so all they have to do is make schedules line-up for the in-demand Tatum (also working on 22 Jump Street right now, and appearing later this year in Jupiter Ascending and Foxcatcher) and find the script and director to bring it all together. No problem! It's also interesting to see Shuler-Donner, and Fox, plan smaller X-outings between the major X-Men films.

You can find out much more about X-Men: Days Of Future Past (and, for that matter, 22 Jump Street) in the new issue of Empire, out today. To make sure you get the cover you want, browse this gallery below and then head to our subscriptions website, where you can order all the covers individually for a one-off price. New UK subscribers can also get a set of collectible art cards when they take up this offer.

We expect a new trailer for the film soon, given that the release dates for Days Of Future Past are May 22 in the UK and May 23 in the US.

 


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RE: X-Men Producer Lauren Shuler Donner On A Channing Tatum Gambit Movie
What utter bollocks spouted in this thread so far. I'm a guy. I love comic books. And I would love to see Channing Tatum get this role. He's an awesome actor who has no problems with sending himself up. Magic Mike proves he can act (and if you think all he does in that film is strip you obviously have never seen it). Gosling is just dull and boring to watch. Tatum is the man! More

Posted by DJ Satan at 16:21 on 31 January 2014 | Report This Post

RE: X-Men Producer Lauren Shuler Donner On A Channing Tatum Gambit Movie
L: Chris Boomen Maybe comic book 'nerds' hate Tatum but general male audiences do not necessarily hate Tatum. He is not as widely accepted as Gosling for example, but people won't stay home when Tatum plays a movie. 21 Jump Street featured Tatum at somewhat his peak, and men still went to see that movie, and don't give me crap about how people went for Jonah Hill, who could never draw an actual audience to the movies. don't hate Tatum; never met the guy - sure he is a lovely chap. J More

Posted by waltham1979 at 11:52 on 31 January 2014 | Report This Post

RE: X-Men Producer Lauren Shuler Donner On A Channing Tatum Gambit Movie
Maybe comic book 'nerds' hate Tatum but general male audiences do not necessarily hate Tatum. He is not as widely accepted as Gosling for example, but people won't stay home when Tatum plays a movie. 21 Jump Street featured Tatum at somewhat his peak, and men still went to see that movie, and don't give me crap about how people went for Jonah Hill, who could never draw an actual audience to the movies. More

Posted by Chris Boomen at 11:20 on 31 January 2014 | Report This Post

RE: X-Men Producer Lauren Shuler Donner On A Channing Tatum Gambit Movie
I'm not assuming women watch comic book movies to ogle the guys. I never said that. But think about it: WHY cast Channing Tatum? For his vast range of acting chops? Because he's so well known to do a New Orleans accent? Cause he looks so much like Gambit? Nnnnno, because he "really wants to do it" and because of movies like Magic Mike. He used to be a stripper so, yes, women want to ogle him, cause frankly, there's nothing more to him than a body and a stupid face. So they're really not looking More

Posted by Filmmagician at 03:51 on 31 January 2014 | Report This Post

RE: X-Men Producer Lauren Shuler Donner On A Channing Tatum Gambit Movie
L: lynnsure Actually what a lot of people don't get is a lot of women don't like him either. That's freaking insulting you assume the only reason women watch comic book movies is to ogle the guys. Equally annoying is this "pandering to women" mentality. Please. One of these days fanboys are going to learn that awesome storylines, dynamic characters and killer effects aren't just for boys. Just because most guys will only pay attention to women in films if they're there to serve a sexual purp More

Posted by NeoBrowser at 02:42 on 31 January 2014 | Report This Post

RE: X-Men Producer Lauren Shuler Donner On A Channing Tatum Gambit Movie
Actually what a lot of people don't get is a lot of women don't like him either. That's freaking insulting you assume the only reason women watch comic book movies is to ogle the guys. Equally annoying is this "pandering to women" mentality. Please. One of these days fanboys are going to learn that awesome storylines, dynamic characters and killer effects aren't just for boys. Just because most guys will only pay attention to women in films if they're there to serve a sexual purpose doesn't mea More

Posted by lynnsure at 00:28 on 31 January 2014 | Report This Post

RE: X-Men Producer Lauren Shuler Donner On A Channing Tatum Gambit Movie
What studios don't get is that guys hate C-Tate! and comic book nerds hate him more. There are more guys than girls that will see this. Don't pander to women cause they think he's cute. That's two of the main demographics that are going to see a Gambit movie. Ahhhgg. You can't give a huge role like this to C-Tates just cause "he really wants it." I'm a huge fan. I wanted to write this movie on spec. The perfect person to play him is Josh Holloway. If they make C-Tates Gambit there WILL be a r More

Posted by Filmmagician at 17:13 on 30 January 2014 | Report This Post

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Posted by MrTrick at 17:12 on 30 January 2014 | Report This Post

RE: no no no no
L: MrTrick Tatum would be an awful Gambit... whilst not a major character Gambit is extremely popular and should be done right. Jared Leto could do it rightecent return to acting has won him awards and he has the look.. as well as being Cajun hat Sir is an inspired choice; I applaud you from my work chair! is in the office with me so I am in my pants...which makes it extra special!! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 17:02 on 30 January 2014 | Report This Post

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Tatum would be an awful Gambit... whilst not a major character Gambit is extremely popular and should be done right. I think Jared Leto could do it right, his recent return to acting has won him awards and he has the look.. as well as being Cajun More

Posted by MrTrick at 16:52 on 30 January 2014 | Report This Post

wait what? what happened to Taylor Kitsch? he was an excellent Gambit!! More

Posted by E.Padilla at 16:42 on 30 January 2014 | Report This Post

RE: "How can anyone resist Channing?"
THey CANNOT make C-Tate Gambit. People will revolt! More

Posted by Filmmagician at 16:09 on 30 January 2014 | Report This Post

"How can anyone resist Channing?"
Simple, I turn the TV off; then the blank screen in front of me does a better acting job of Channing Tatum in anything...ever... More

Posted by waltham1979 at 15:25 on 30 January 2014 | Report This Post


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