Channing Tatum on Gambit Role in 'X-Men: Apocalypse': 'I'm Dying to Do It' (Video)

While at the Cannes Film Festival promoting Bennett Miller's drama "Foxcatcher," the actor spoke to THR about joining the superhero franchise.

Channing Tatum is in Cannes for the premiere of Bennett Miller's wresting drama Foxcatcher, which premiered to rave reviews on May 19.

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Along with Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo, Tatum sat down ahead of the film's premiere to talk about making the based-on-a-true-story film. (Watch the interview here.) Tatum stars as Mark Schultz, a wrestler who meets eccentric multimillionaire John du Pont (Carell), who offers to sponsor his attempt to make it to the next Olympics. Mark Ruffalo plays Schultz's brother, who also decides to live in du Pont's home and coach Mark's wrestling team.

During the interview THR asked Tatum about the news that he'll star as Gambit in the upcoming superhero film X-Men: Apocalypse, set for release in 2016.

"I hope to be joining -- everything's not done yet," he told THR on May 19.

"I've obviously been in talks, and we're on the one yard line," he added. "I'm always afraid of being like, 'Yes it's totally happening' and then it doesn't happen."

Multiple sources tell THR that Tatum will get a stand-alone spinoff, with his version of Gambit being introduced in X-Men: Apocalypse. The stand-alone film is still in development, however, and no director has been attached.

"I'm dying to do it," he said of the sequel, which would follow the latest film X-Men: Days of Future Past, hitting theaters May 23.

Watch Tatum talk about Gambit above.

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