Fox is not one to wait and see what happens with the X-Men: Days of Future Past as it continues to push the Marvel franchise forward with news that Gambit will be featured in an upcoming spin-off movie.

Just announced is Channing Tatum (Magic Mike) as playing Gambit in a not-yet-named X-Men movie. The casting was announced by producer Lauren Shuler Donner at the premiere of X-Men: Days of Future Past in London.

“I think he’ll be great for Gambit.” She added, “And he’s a southerner too … he understands that world, and you know Gambit loves New Orleans.”

Is this good news or bad news for Gambit fans? And can Gambit hold his own in a stand alone movie? I know there’s at least one person in the Major Spoilers HQ who is ready to buy a ticket!

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens on May 23rd, with the sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse arriving May 27, 2016.

via Variety

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10 Comments

  1. May 13, 2014 at 12:36 pm — Reply

    I do not want to hear Channing Tatum try to do a cajun accent.

    • May 13, 2014 at 12:55 pm — Reply

      I’m certain someone, at some point, said “Gambit’s from New Orleans, he has a cajun accent.” And someone else who is paid more said, “no no, he’ll be fine!”

      • May 13, 2014 at 1:16 pm — Reply

        Accents can be taught. Look at Amazing Spider-Man.

        • May 13, 2014 at 1:25 pm — Reply

          To be fair, I probably don’t want to hear anyone try to do a cajun accent. It’s one of those things that never sounds natural unless it’s natural.

          • May 13, 2014 at 1:36 pm — Reply

            Cartoon Gambit’s voice actors include three Canadian guys and Phil LaMarr (Marvin from Pulp Fiction.) Did any of them sound natural at all?

            • May 13, 2014 at 3:41 pm — Reply

              Cartoon Gambits are nice. They are professional voice actors, though, and Canadian culture and accents are heavily influenced by french, much like Louisiana. So they have a strong frame of reference. Phil Lamarr is probably a legitimate genius on more than one level.

              I’ve read some people saying Tatum can pull it off since he’s from Alabama, but northern Alabama is worlds away from the bayou. I just don’t see what Tatum brings to the role other than a name that sells movie tickets.

              • May 13, 2014 at 8:12 pm — Reply

                I wouldn’t be too quick to toss away a name that sells movie tickets…

                They may ignore the accent, as well. After all, Scarlett Johansson didn’t do a Russian accent for the Black Widow, born and raised in the USSR.

                • May 14, 2014 at 9:27 am — Reply

                  Forgoing the accent could work out well. A lot of Gambit’s persona of being a thief and a scoundrel with a cajun flair can be showcased without a bayou accent. They did give up on Storm’s accent after the first movie. You could say that Black Widow suppresses her accent on purpose to be a better super spy. You could also say that Gambit doesn’t have an accent if he’s from the streets of New Orleans because the people with accents are from the backwoods, swamps and bayous. Much like people from Nashville don’t have the iconic accent you’d expect–those people are from Dickson, Mt Juliet, and Gallatin.

  2. May 13, 2014 at 9:54 pm — Reply

    I don’t really see him as Gambit, but I am glad they are trying to make use of the character. Tatum does have a good comedic presence, seen in movies like 21 Jump Street, so I am curious what he brings to the role.

  3. b003
    May 14, 2014 at 9:30 pm — Reply

    Enh.

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