A Miscast Channing Tatum To Star As Gambit In X-MEN Spin-Off

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A Miscast Channing Tatum To Star As Gambit In X-MEN Spin-Off
A surprise announcement was made on the red carpet of the London premier for X-Men: Days of Future Past when producer Lauren Shuler Donner was asked about future X-Men related projects, answering, "Deadpool, yes. X-Force is fascinating, we love X-Force, it allows us to be a little grittier and... Gambit". According to Total Film, Donner confirmed that it will be Channing Tatum stepping into the shoes of the card-throwing X-Man in a future spin-off.

Gambit has appeared just once before on the big screen, in the much maligned first solo outing for Hugh Jackman's mutant character, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The Rajin' Cajun was played by Taylor Kitsch, who had some physical resemblance to the character, certainly more so than Tatum, but many fans felt his portrayal was wide of the mark.

Remy LeBeau, the mutant known as Gambit, is tall, lean and dark, whereas Tatum is, while suitably muscle bound for a superhero, much stockier. Physical differences aside, it's the personality traits that make Gambit such a fan favorite and unique amongst the X-Men. The character is a rogue, a charming ladies man, and something of an outsider. His red eyes and Cajun accent further set him apart, features which were missing in X-Men Origins and will be unlikely to make an appearance this time round.

Donner said of Tatum, "He's a rogue, he's a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau". Personally I just don't see those roguish, rascally qualities, and feel he lacks the air of mystery and danger that's needed for the part. Whereas Gambit is a loner, even within a group, Tatum comes across as more of a straight good-guy and all-out team player, as he played in the G.I. Joe films.

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shadowfuryMay 14, 2014 12:52 PM

what do you think if they can get
Josh Hartnett to replace the role of Channing Tatum for Gambit? After seeing
the first couple episodes of Penny Dreadful and also seeing Josh in Sin City,
Bunraku, etc., I just realized how badass it is to see him portray Gambit. Can they
still replace Channing Tatum with another actor? If they still can, they really
should re-cast the new Gambit and replace Channing Tatum with Josh Hartnett.
Josh has the hair and badass fighting skills that we see in his character that
he portrays in Penny Dreadful, and also seen him in Bunraku, a pretty nice
action film and he really does seem like a better Gambit. Please help me out
and spread this news! I can't believe they did'nt cast Josh Hartnett as Gambit
Hell, he pretty much played Gambit in Bunraku. I think this would be good for
Hartnett's career back to hollywood again and portray an iconic character he's
destined to play as.

Andrew DalpiniMay 14, 2014 12:54 PM

Channing will sell tickets. He has his fan base. It makes sense, since Hugh Jackman has reiterated his plans to retire soon.

Dina SaifMay 14, 2014 2:07 PM

Awful awful choice so many people can do this better than him it makes me wonder what did he had to do to get that role

Mr. CavinMay 14, 2014 2:10 PM

I was kind of hoping for Harry Connick Jr.

Todd BrownMay 14, 2014 2:20 PM

He starred in multiple 100+ million dollar grossing movies for top tier directors who raved about how good he was to work with. That's what he did to get the role.

Matt BrownMay 14, 2014 3:12 PM

Just pressing "Up" is inadequate for my upping of this comment

laserdiscphanMay 14, 2014 6:01 PM

I think they should cast this UFC fighter as Gambit . . .


HowardMay 14, 2014 11:58 PM


NatePMay 15, 2014 1:10 PM

I am fine with this. Tatum has the charisma to pull it off. We won't know about his range until he actually tries this role, which admittedly is outside his bread and butter.

Bastard McPussFaceMay 16, 2014 6:06 PM

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman?
Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor?

Why is anyone surprised by this nonsense?

Dan.germouseMay 17, 2014 4:35 PM

Tatum is a fucking choud.

fenderbender19May 17, 2014 8:53 PM

What's the difference? They've already fucked up just about every other Marvel movie.Why not just leave Taylor Kitsch in the role? Tatum would've been good as Cable. He's a big fucker. And would someone please tell James McAvoy to quit putting his fingers on his head when he's using his powers? It's fucking stupid.Imagine being a bigshot Hollywood movie maker.You get paid millions to be a total fuck-up.

MRingMay 30, 2014 12:06 PM

They aren't recasting Deadpool (hopefully), why do they need to recast Gambit? I mean, seriously, what was wrong with Taylor Kitsch? He did great (as could be, anyway) in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. If they had to recast, I can think of a dozen other actors just off the top of my head who would be better than Tatum. All he is is stunt casting, casting for name appeal rather than appropriateness for the character.
Of course, you never know, he may be great. Maybe this won't be as bad as George Clooney's turn as Batman... One can hope...

michelleJuly 27, 2014 6:47 PM

I don't like Tatum as gambit he is my favorite characters . Please. Recast him

joele keilsoFebruary 7, 2015 9:56 PM

Lauren Shuler-Donner CHOSE HIM. This bitch chose him! Tell her to get off the movie biz and stay in the goddamn kitchen! Taylor > Charming Potato.

joele keilsoFebruary 7, 2015 9:57 PM

No, a WOMAN CHOSE HIM. A Wo-man! We all know women producers should stay off the movie industry. This is an outrage! This whore is only after Channing's D. You know that's true.

joele keilsoFebruary 7, 2015 9:58 PM

Fanbase = Women who wants Channing's D. Men with common sense won't watch this garbage.