The speculation surrounding the casting of Remy LeBeau in the upcoming standalone Gambit movie has been as hot as a kinetic energy-charged Ace of Spades. Our sources say the movie is in the early concept stages of pre-production and things have only been getting steamier, as most of the rumors point to Channing Tatum to be the leading choice to play the Cajun card tosser. A recent quote by X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner in Empire‘s X-Men: Days of Future Past issue indicates this to be a strong possibility:
“I’m dying to do a Gambit movie with Channing Tatum. That doesn’t have to be a great big movie. It’s a thief in New Orleans, it’s a whole different story,” said Shuler. “He’s on board, and I have to get the studio on board. How can anyone resist Channing? He’s such a sweetheart.”
Tatum has been quite vocal about wanting to play Gambit, making it publicly known during a White House Down press conference last year. “I would like to play Gambit. Gambit’s my favorite,” said the star. “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.”
Tatum also made a point of giving former Gambit actor Taylor Kitsch his due. “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.”
Likewise, Kitsch has praised Tatum, saying he’d “kill it” if he were to get the role. Keep in mind, he’s not a dead lock quite yet, as we’re simply reporting the wave of speculation, but if there’s an official announcement of Tatum receiving the role, don’t be surprised, especially how in-demand the actor is right now.
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