Channing Tatum to play X-Men’s Gambit?

It looks like Fox might be taking a gamble, because a new Cajun mutant is in the cards.

Channing Tatum is the studio’s top choice to play the X-Men mutant Gambit in the character’s new solo movie. That’s according to X-Men film producer Lauren Shuler Donner, who confirmed to Empire Online that Tatum is attached to the role:

"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. He's on board, and I have to get the studio on board. How can anyone resist Channing? He's such a sweetheart."

Gambit is one of the more popular X-Men mutants. He has the ability to manipulate kinetic energy in objects that he touches, like cards, and he’s also pretty good with a staff. The hero first appeared on the big screen in the much-maligned prequel X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where he was played by Taylor Kitsch.

It’s unclear where the standalone Gambit film will fall into the already busy schedule of upcoming X-Men projects.
Fox is developing several new films, with the next one, Days of Future Past, hitting theatres this summer.

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