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Channing Tatum Has Met With 'X-Men' Producer About Playing Gambit

April 16, 2014, 5:58 am GMT

The '22 Jump Street' actor also spills the beans that he's already working on Gambit's signature Cajun accent.


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Channing Tatum has apparently entered discussions to play Gambit. The "White House Down" hunk confirms to MTV in a new interview, "I met with ['X-Men' producer] 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," he adds. "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," the actor continues explaining what he loves about Gambit. "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 does [comes together]. You never know it's a weird industry. If the stars align, I would die to play it," he says, before adding further, "I'm already working on the accent. It's crappy at the moment."

Gambit is a Cajun card player who first appeared in "X-Men" cinematic universe through 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine". His alter ego, Remy LeBeau, was initially set to be played by Tatum in 2006's "X-Men: The Last Stand", but the character was cut off from the storyline.

When the ladies man was finally included in "Wolverine", Taylor Kitsch was tapped to tackle the role because Tatum was already attached to "G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra".

Aside from eying a Gambit solo film, "X-Men" producers have also expressed their desire to give more depth to Deadpool and Mystique. The former was portrayed by Ryan Reynolds in the first "Wolverine" solo movie, and the later was played by Rebecca Romijn in the first three "X-Men" installments. Jennifer Lawrence played a younger Mystique in 2011's "X-Men: First Class" and reprises her role in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" due May 23. A sequel, "X-Men: Apocalypse", is set for May 27, 2016.

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