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Channing Tatum to play superhero Gambit in X-Men spin-off

Chaning Tatum in Fighting

Story by Jack Foley

CHANNING Tatum is to play the superhero Gambit in an X-Men spin-off movie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will be produced by X-Men: Days of Future Past producer Lauren Shuler Donner, who unveiled the casting news during the London premiere of the latest franchise installment.

She said of Tatum: “He’s a rogue, Channing – he’s a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau. And he can handle the action, we all know that. And he’s got a really good heart … I think he’ll be great for Gambit.”

Tatum himself has previously spoken of his love for the character, describing him as “the only X-Man I’ve ever loved”.

Speaking to MTV, he added: “I mean, I’ve loved them all, they’re all great, but I guess just being from down south; my dad’s from Louisiana, I’m from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida. I don’t know, I just related to him … I would die to play him.”

The casting news will probably come as a disappointment to fellow actor Taylor Kitsch, however, given that he previously played Gambit in X-Men: Wolverine.

In comic book form, Gambit is described as an outsider but a ladies’ man, whose powers include the ability to control kinetic energy. He’s also a dab hand at cards and is an expert with a Japanese staff known as a Bō.

As yet, there is no filming schedule or release date for the spin-off.

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