“Magic Mike” star Channing Tatum has confirmed his entry into the X-Men universe, with upcoming superhero film “Gambit.” But is the American heartthrob the correct choice to play a Cajun cardsharp? Read on to find out more.
The 35-year-old actor has been a shoe in for the role for a long time. It was since he has been attached to FOX’s “Gambit” project as a producer. And though the deal to cast him in the leading role hit some snags (the producers wanted to look at a female lead, read the Movie News Guide report here), the “Foxcatcher” star has finally confirmed his attachment to the project to the
Speculation towards whether Tatum is the correct choice to play a Cajun character from New Orleans has been rife on the internet. However, Tatum himself, who grew up in the bayous of Mississippi, is very keen to do this film. “Gambit” follows the eponymous Marvel comics anti-hero. He has the power to impart any object with kinetic energy and make it explode, though is the preferred weapon is a deck of cards. Very cool indeed.
We last saw the character in a short cameo played by Taylor Kitsch in the terrible “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”(2009). Tatum spoke to Empire Magazine about his character.
“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.” Tatum said.
Tatum, who is most famous for the semi-autobiographical franchise “Magic Mike” about his experiences as a stripper, is one of the highest paid stars in Hollywood. His role in “21 Jump Street” franchise was a great commercial success, and his recent film “Foxcatcher” has been playing to rave reviews.
Rupert Wyatt, of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” fame, will direct the upcoming DC superhero solo movie. Josh Zetumer has penned the script for the film, based on a treatment by “Gambit” creator Chris Claremont.
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