Channing Tatum Talks His “Gambit” Love

Channing Tatum has begun doing the first press for “Magic Mike XXL” with a new interview appearing in the latest issue of Empire Magazine.

Of course, the topic of Tatum’s imminent arrival in the X-Men onscreen universe came up with Tatum slated to play Gambit in a solo movie due in 2016. Asked how the film’s progressing, he says:

“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.”

Tatum has long expressed his love for the character and also talked about how excited he is to take on the role:

“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!” It sounds like the movie is going to be pretty faithful to the comic books then, but that’s not a huge surprise what with X-Men scribe Chris Claremont writing its treatment.”

“Gambit” is currently slated for an October 7th 2016 release.