Channing Tatum Confirmed As Gambit In 'X-Men' Film

Channing Tatum on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood Channing Tatum on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood

Channing Tatum’s wish to play mutant Gambit in an “X-Men” movie is coming true!

“X-Men” producer Lauren Shuler Donner confirmed to Total Film that the “Magic Mike” star will play the kinetic energy-controlling, card-throwing Remy LeBeau in an upcoming movie.

“It is Channing, yes, yes… he’s a rogue, Channing, he’s a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau,” she said. “He can handle the action, as we know, and he’s got a real good heart, I know him personally.”

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Adding, “He’ll be great for Gambit, and he’s a southerner too, he understands that world, and you know Gambit loves New Orleans.”

The 34-year-old actor has been very vocal about wanting to play the character.

“Gambit’s my favorite, ‘cause I’m from New Orleans — or around that area, my dad’s from New Orleans,” the actor previously told Total Film in 2012.

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The actor said his desire to play Gambit is in no way an insult to Taylor Kitsch’s version of the mutant in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”

“No knock on Taylor Kitsch, though, ’cause I actually like his Gambit, but I’ve always lived around Cajun people,” he said at the time.

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” opens on May 23. The next movie, “X-Men: Apocalypse,” is expected in May 2016.

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-- Jesse Spero

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