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It seems that 20th Century FOX is putting more and more faith in their superhero franchises, and are working hard to get back in the big-budget game. The studio has X-Men: Days of Future Past (the most expensive superhero flick to date) coming next month, as well as a reboot of the Fantastic Four due next Summer. Their most recent successful attempts, X-Men: First Class and The Wolverine have proven that, if handled the right way, FOX can use the X-Men franchise to their advantage.
X-Men-producer Lauren Shuler Donner stated that she would “love” to make solo movies happen, telling the stories of X-Men characters Mystique, Deadpool, and Gambit. And although everyone who has even the slightest appreciation for Marvel comics has agreed that a Deadpool movie should be first in line, it seems that Gambit could happen even sooner.
Shuler also went on record to say that, if a Gambit movie were to find the light of day, she would pick Channing Tatum to take on the lead role. Previously, actor Taylor Kitsch had a brief stint as Gambit in the hit-or-miss X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009, which was arguably one of the better qualities that movie offered. Fans have expressed interest in the possibility of Kitsch returning as the character, but if it’s one thing we’ve learned from X-Men movies so far, it’s that continuity isn’t always a priority.
Tatum recently confirmed to MTV that he has indeed talked with Shuler about a possible Gambit spin-off, and that if the opportunity presented itself, he’d be interested. Here’s what he had to say:
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.
X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters on May 23rd.
Written by Josh Sazin on 4/15/14