We all need to calm down: Channing Tatum officially signs on as Gambit
Despite rumors to the contrary, Channing Tatum has officially signed on to play the Cajun mutant Gambit in a stand alone entry to Fox’s “X-Men” franchise.
“X-Men” fans practically broke the internet last week when reports started to circulate that negotiations between the “Magic Mike” actor began to break down. As any Hollywood producer — or anyone who has casually watched “Entourage” — will tell you, that’s not uncommon in Tatum’s particular industry. As The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit described it, “… such back-and-forth is a normal part of top-level talent dealmaking.”
So, yes. The project will still move forward with Tatum in the starring role and Rupert Wyatt (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) behind the camera. This all seems to have blown out of proportion; Tatum’s involvement with the project had gone so long they seemed to forget he hadn’t yet signed the dotted line.
That being said, Fox’s Marvel Universe has quite a bit riding on the success of “Gambit.” With preliminary reviews for “Fantastic Four” less than stellar and “Deadpool” only appealing to a niche audience with its R-rating, the studio still needs to prove that it can produce successful superhero properties without the titular “X-Men” team involved. Aside from that, the franchise could stand to benefit from Tatum’s star power, with relative unknowns joining the cast in “Apocalypse.”
The character of Gambit himself also represents a radical departure for the leading men of the “X-Men” franchise. Neither a muscle-bound brute nor a pensive intellectual, Gambit — AKA Remy Lebeau — is a charming thief from Louisiana with the ability to charge inanimate objects with explosive energy. Although featured in the abysmal “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” played by Taylor Kitsch, we have yet to see faithful version of the iconic mutant brought to the big screen.
Are you excited for “Gambit”? How do you think Tatum will do as Remy Lebeau? Comment below or tweet @connerws to give us your thoughts!