Channing Tatum was handed over the role played by Taylor Kitsch in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine". Fox reportedly will launch a stand-alone franchise with the "22 Jump Street" actor already on board.
Rumors that Gambit would take center stage in an "X-Men" spin-off had emerged a long time ago. The news of Tatum's casting was first hinted by "X-Men" producer Lauren Shuler Donner while she attended the "X-Men: Days of Future Past" premiere in London on Monday, May 12 night. When asked what kind of an actor she was looking at to play Gambit, Shuler Donner told Total Film, "It's Channing."
She added, "Well you know, he's a rogue - Channing - he's a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau, and he can handle the action, we all know that! And he's got a really good heart. He'll be great for Gambit and he's a Southerner, too! He's not from New Orleans, but he is a Southerner, and he understands that world."
Tatum's version of Gambit will be given an introduction in "X-Men: Apocalypse" which is scheduled for 2016. Therefore it is presumed that the Gambit movie will be released in 2018 where Fox has penciled a mystery Marvel movie. The film is already in development but no director has been attached.
Kitsch previously vowed that he was done playing heroes and that there was no chance he was playing Gambit again. However, he changed his tune later, saying he would reprise the role if Hugh Jackman invited him to in his upcoming "Wolverine" movie. "I loved playing him - he's a suave motherfucker. He's fun to play, man," he said about Gambit.