With three feature films slated for release, 2016 looks to be a big year for Fox’s “X-Men” franchise. Following “Deadpool” in February and “X-Men: Apocalypse” in May will be October’s “Gambit,” a solo film starring Channing Tatum as the card-throwing charmer and future X-Man. Not much is known about “Gambit,” other than that it will star Channing Tatum and be based off of a treatment from highly influential X-Men scribe Chris Claremont. Now, in an interview with Empire magazine, Tatum has revealed a little bit more info regarding what’s in store for Remy LeBeau’s debut as a leading man.
“Josh Zetumer just turned in the first draft of the script, and it’s killer,” said Tatum, as transcribed by ComicBookMovie. “None of us were sure how he was going to deal with the X-Men world. But we’re going to be changing some of the tropes of these movies. It’s always about saving the world [laughs], but maybe we’re going to shift things a little but. There’s so many ways you can take [an origin story]. You could do it like ‘Batman Begins,’ or a different take and go the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ route. All I can say is, I’m super excited.”
Tatum went on to discuss what attracted him to the role and revealed that he’s been a fan of Gambit for a while.
“I love Gambit,” said Tatum. “I grew up in the South; my father’s from Louisiana. We’d go to New Orleans and I heard all the dialects. It felt so different from the rest of America; it has its own ancient culture. So I identified with that. And he always felt the most real of the X-Men to me. He’s kind of a tortured soul and he’s not a good guy. But he’s not a bad guy, either. He walks his own path. And of course he plays cards and drinks and is a martial-arts bad ass!”
“Gambit” is scheduled to open on October 7, 2016.
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