11:32am PT by Graeme McMillan
Channing Tatum Talks 'Gambit' Ambitions
Although Channing Tatum has yet to be officially announced in the role (nor has any casting been declared), he is thinking big for his first appearance as Gambit in Fox's X-Men franchise. A quick appearance in an ensemble piece is not for him. Instead, he wants to redefine the entire superhero genre.
Talking to MTV about his potential debut as the fan-favorite character -- X-Men executive producer Lauren Shuler Donner last month confirmed Tatum would get the role -- he suggested that earlier reports that he would appear in 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse might have been incorrect.
"We've talked about it being a stand-alone [movie] first," he said, adding that he hoped that the movie could "change the hero, superhero movie [dynamic]." The reason for that, Tatum suggested, was simple: The character isn't exactly Captain America. "Gambit is not your typical hero," he said. "He's a thief. He walks on the gray."
Ideally, Tatum said, he could launch Gambit as a solo character before "ultimately feather[ing] into the other ones" in the franchise, although he admitted that "the machine of the Marvel world is so ginormous that it's literally like climbing a mountain getting one of these movies made." Nonetheless, he said that "it's a weird, pinching-myself moment that we're even having the conversation."
Whether or not Tatum appears in the movie, X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled for a 2016 release.