Channing Tatum has grown so much as an actor within the 2010’s. He continues to take on roles that challenge him and he has proven himself to have quite a bit of range on both the comedic and dramatic fronts.
Tatum’s talent have also led him to sign on to play the popular mutant Gambit in an upcoming standalone film for the 20th Century Fox-owned X-Men film franchise. Tatum would be taking over the role that was originally played by Taylor Kitsch in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Unfortunately, Gambit has had turbulence in its development. Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt was attached to direct the film at one point until he ultimately dropped out. Doug Liman was also eyeing the project before dropping out as well.
The status of Gambit has remained a mystery to fans, with many writing the movie off as a dead project. However, Tatum’s recent comments regarding the project reveal otherwise. The actor appeared during the 20th Century Fox San Diego Comic-Con panel in Hall H for Kingsman: The Golden Circle on Thursday and while at the convention, he revealed that he is currently working on the film. Tatum also expressed confidence in the film despite numerous delays:
I think we got super, super lucky. I think a lot of setbacks, we’ll look at them in hindsight as giant blessings. Because we were making it, [and] we’re writing a movie right at the turn of a paradigm shift in movies. So we got lucky that we didn’t just come out with ours, which I don’t think was fully formed. It was a good idea. We were going in the right direction. And then we got to learn from two really beautifully different kinds of a complete paradigm shifts… like Logan and Deadpool, I mean, they knocked down a lot of doors for us to be able to do things that we wanted to do in the first place.
20th Century Fox hit two major home runs with Logan and Deadpool. Now that they have films such as Deadpool 2, X-Men: Dark Phoenix and New Mutants on the way, perhaps they are confident that cameras can start rolling on Gambit soon.
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