‘X-Men’ Producer: Channing Tatum ‘On Board’ For Gambit Standalone Movie

Channing Tatum recently revealed the superhero he’d like to play on the big screen – X-Men’s Gambit.

Now, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” producer Lauren Shuler Donner says a Channing-led “X-Men” standalone movie may be in the works sooner rather than later.

“I’m dying to do a Gambit movie with Channing Tatum,” she told Empire magazine, of the card-throwing mutant. “That doesn’t have to be a great big movie. It’s a thief in New Orleans, it’s a whole different story.”

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Laura said she’s working toward making the movie a reality.

“He’s on board, and I have to get the studio on board,” she said. “How can anyone resist Channing? He’s such a sweetheart.”

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As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, in September 2012, the “21 Jump Street” star said he has his sights set on the X-Men role.

“Gambit’s my favorite, ‘cause I’m from New Orleans — or around that area, my dad’s from New Orleans,” the 33-year-old actor told Total Film, adding that familiarity with Louisiana gives him an edge when it comes to Gambit’s drawl.

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.

-- Erin O’Sullivan

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