Channing Tatum opens up about the new ‘Gambit’ movie he’s about to film while also saying that it won’t be like all the other comic book movies already out there….
Channing Tatum has long talked about joining the superhero world as raging Cajun mutant Gambit and now he’ll get his wish in the upcoming film set for release on October 7, 2016.
In a recent chat with Empire, Tatum confirmed a few details about the movie after getting the first draft of the script back from writer Josh Zetumer (Robocop).
Tatum says that his ‘Gambit’ movie will be an origin story but they are trying to make this film a little different than the typical superhero fare where the good guy is destined to save the world from the bad guys.
“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,” Tatum said.
“It’s always about saving the world, 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.”
Tatum says one of the most exciting parts about playing Gambit is the fact that he’s not exactly type cast as a good guy or a bad guy when he’s first introduced. He’s a bit of a rogue mutant, which makes this film much different than the other X-Men movies that have been made previously.
“I love Gambit,” Tatum said. “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 the 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 badass!”
There’s still no word on whether or not Tatum might appear as Gambit in the upcoming ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ movie due on on May 27, 2016, but it could be a great way to get the character on screen before his solo film.
Production on ‘Gambit’ will pick up later this year.