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CBMB: Gambit Film Coming Together but Can’t Find a Director

By Muuka Muyumba

Fox plucked 22 Jump Street star Channing Tatum to portray the Cajun mutant Gambit in a solo filed currently slated for October 2016. Tatum is tasked with leading the 3rd X-Men film of 2016 following Deadpool in February and X-Men: Apocalypse in May. He was recently interviewed by Empire Magazine (via CBR) and acknowledged that he was in love with the script for the next film in X-Men franchise.

“Josh Zetumer just turned in the first draft of the script, and it’s killer. None of us were sure how he was going to deal with the X-Men world. But we’re going to be changing some of the tropes of these movies. It’s always about saving the world [laughs], but maybe we’re going to shift things a little bit. There’s so many ways you can take [an origin story]. You could do it like Batman Begins, or a different take and go the Guardians of the Galaxy route. All I can say is, I’m super excited.”

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“I love Gambit. I grew up in the South; my father’s from Louisiana. We’d go to New Orleans and I heard all the dialects. It felt so different from the rest of America; it has its own ancient culture. So I identified with that. And he always felt most real of the X-Men to me. He’s kind of a tortured soul and he’s not a good guy. But he’s not a bad guy, either. He walks his own path. And of course he plays cards and drinks and is a martial-arts bad ass!”

The star’s thoughts are great, but the news of a director has been more notable for those who have passed on directing the film. Reports have noted directors like Darren Aronovsky (Noah), Gareth Evans (The Raid), and Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher).

Gambit will be Fox’s attempt at creating a new mutant to possibly fill the hole of charism left behind after Wolverine and Hugh Jackman leave the franchise after the 3rd Wolverine standalone. Tatum could easily fill that hole if Fox can put together a good team to craft Gambit, but they will also have to establish a formidable female lead, like Gambit’s paramour Rogue, as they look to the next generation of heroes in their Marvelverse franchise.