Only last week, X-Men movie producer Lauren Schuler Donner mentioned that she'd like to make a solo Gambit movie, among others. Now we have confirmation that Channing Tatum has already meet with Fox for the role.
Here's what Tatum told MTV at their Music Awards ceremony:
I met with Lauren Shuler Donner. And I would love it. Gambit is really the only X-Man I've ever loved. I mean I've loved them all, they're all great, but I guess from being down south – my dad's from Louisiana, I'm from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida – I don't know. I just related to him. He's just kind of suave… He's the most un X-Men X-Man that's ever been in X-Men. Other than maybe Wolverine, who's like the anti-hero. He's a thief. He's not even a hero. He's kind of walking the line of grey…He loves women and drinking and smoking and stuff so he's just a cool guy who happens to have a moral center….I hope it [comes together]. You never know it's a weird industry. If the stars align, I would die to play it. I'm already working on the accent. It's crappy at the moment.
As someone who spent a great portion of my exceedingly generous scorn in 2009 hating the GI Joe: Rise of Cobra movie in general and Channing Tatum's wooden ventriloquist's dummy performance as Duke in particular, I have to admit I'm actually okay with this. Tatum has won me over, mostly by being suddenly charismatic as Duke in Retaliation, and then he was genuinely funny in 21 Jump Street. Apparently he was dramatically good in Magic Mike as well, and I think it's clear he's genuinely talented. I fully admit I was wrong about him.
So I'm completely down with casting him as Gambit, assuming he can pull off a Cajun accent that doesn't make us all want to bleed from our ears. But I'm rather optimistic about that, too.