Comic Vine News

57 Comments

Gambit Star Channing Tatum Says They'll Be "Shifting Things a Bit" for 2016 Film

He discussed the character's origin and what fans can expect.

No Caption Provided

In 2016, fans will be getting not one, not two, but three X-Men films: X-Men Apocalypse, Deadpool, and Gambit, starring Channing Tatum. Lots of fans questioned the casting of Tatum as Gambit, as the Internet tends to do, and according to an interview in Empire Magazine, transcribed by ComicBookMovie, Tatum discussed the character and the south:

"I love Gambit... I grew up in the South; my father's from Loiuisiana. 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 badass!"

Many fans are wondering what type of role this film will take in the larger X-Men film universe. While it's rumored that Gambit will appear in next year's X-Men Apocalypse, it has yet to be confirmed and fans of Gambit want to know what kind of story this film will tell.

"Josh Zetumer just turned in the first draft of the script, and it's killer. 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 liittle 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."

Having an actor pumped for the film they're working on is always a good thing, but what does he really mean by "changing the tropes of these movies?" What is this film going to do that's different from the rest of the origin stories we've seen in the past? We'll have to wait until 2016 to find out.