Gambit Solo Film Confirmed; X-MEN Producer Says To Forget THE LAST STAND

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Earlier this morning we learned that Channing Tatum will indeed be playing the Ragin’ Cajun Gambit. At the time, however, it was unknown in what capacity the actor will be filling the role. Well, thanks to Heat Vision, we have more information on the character and when we can expect to see him on screen.

According tot he trade, we will first see Tatum’s take on the character in the next X-Men film, Apocalypse, which will hit theaters in 2016. No word on whether Bryan Singer will be returning to helm the project do to his current legal issues. From there, you can expect to see a stand-alone film centered on the popular Gambit character. This spin-off film is still earrly in production and without a writer and director, but I’d wager that comes together sooner rather than later. When asked why she was so set on Channing Tatum  for the role, X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner essentially said there was no one else.

“Well you know, 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. He’ll be great for Gambit,” she added, “and he’s a Southerner, too! He’s not from New Orleans, but he is a Southerner, and he understands that world.”

As some will remember, they tried to incorporate Gambit into the third X-Men film, with Tatum in the role, but the role was eventually cut from the film. Thank goodness. However, the character somehow found his way into X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where he was played by Taylor Kitsch, who has been back and forth on whether he’d like to play the role again. Looks like that won’t be happening.

I know there are some fans of Gambit that won’t like the news of Tatum playing the role, but just know that Channing Tatum has done some good films and can be a good actor when given a script that has some meat to it. Go check out A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints or Stop-Loss if you aren’t sure. He also handles action scenes quite well. And…he has a pretty awesome Cajun accent if you haven’t heard it. As a big fan of the character, I can assure you, he’s in good hands.

Now, some have questioned the current timeline that Fox is working with, not to mention the appearance of characters like Xavier specifically the version played by Patrick Stewart. We’ve assumed that the time travel aspect of the Days of Future Past would be the explanation of certain things and to an extent, it is. But, Shuler Donner has more information for us (via Hey You Guys) and I think it will make a lot of people happy when the read it.

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“Yes, it will be putting that right,” Lauren Shuler Donner said when asked how this latest movie will impact what came before. “Just forget about X-3! And the first Wolverine; forget about that too!”

Despite some of the previous X-Men films acknowledging the existence of those two installments, it looks as though everything moving forward will be ignoring The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Most fans already do that anyway, but it’s good to know that Fox feels the same way.

This news, of course, clears the way for Gambit to appear in a different timeline, and the appearance of hopefully, some chracters that were unnecessarily killed off. However, this doesn’t explain how Singer will include Nightcrawler in Apocalypse as he’s mentioned he’d like to do. We’ll have to wait and see on that one.

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