Aside from your hard earned ticket money, the biggest casualty of X-Men Origins: Wolverine was Gambit. The popular Cajun mutant was absolutely butchered by the folks at 20th Century Fox, and even though Taylor Kitsch tried his hardest to pull the role off, his glorified cameo in the film just left comic fans in a nerd rage that continues to this day.
However, that might not be the last we see of the card-slinging anti-hero on the big screen. In an interview with MTV (via /Film), Channing Tatum revealed that he has actually talked with the folks at Fox about playing Gambit in a future X-Men movie for the studio. Here is the full quote:
I met with Lauren Shuler Donner. And I would love it. Gambit is really the only X-Man I’ve ever loved. I mean I’ve loved them all, they’re all great, but I guess from being down south – my dad’s from Louisiana, I’m from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida – I don’t know. I just related to him. He’s just kind of suave… He’s the most un X-Men X-Man that’s ever been in X-Men. Other than maybe Wolverine, who’s like the anti-hero. He’s a thief. He’s not even a hero. He’s kind of walking the line of grey…He loves women and drinking and smoking and stuff so he’s just a cool guy who happens to have a moral center….I hope it [comes together]. You never know it’s a weird industry. If the stars align, I would die to play it. I’m already working on the accent. It’s crappy at the moment.
Tatum is absolutely box office gold at this point, and it would be a huge mistake for Fox not to capitalize on his enthusiasm for the role. Then again, this is Fox we’re talking about. It’s the same studio that allowed Brett Ratner to sully the X-Men franchise and for Tim Story to direct two Fantastic Four movies. But the success of X-Men: First Class and The Wolverine seem to be a sign that there is a new direction for the studio, so it’s possible they finally got their act together. If Fox is serious about its mutant movies, then casting Tatum is a no-brainer.
We’ll see if this renewed focus on quality continues when X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters on May 23.