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

PTI| Updated: May 15, 2014, 13:26 PM IST

Los Angeles: Actor Channing Tatum is all set to play the card-wielding mutant, Gambit in a stand-alone film that will be preceded by `X-Men: Apocalypse`.

Fox handed Tatum, 34, the role which was previously played by Taylor Kitsch in `X-Men Origins: Wolverine`, reportedly. The news of Tatum`s casting was first hinted by `X-Men` producer Lauren Shuler Donner while she attended the `X-Men: Days of Future Past` premiere in London.

When asked what kind of an actor she was looking at to play Gambit, Shuler Donner said, "It`s Channing." "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 and he`s a Southerner, too! He`s not from New Orleans, but he is a Southerner, and he understands that world."

Tatum`s version of Gambit will be given an introduction in `X-Men: Apocalypse` which is scheduled for 2016. Therefore it is presumed that the Gambit movie will be released in 2018.

The film is already in development but no director has been attached.