Channing Tatum has played a wide variety of roles in recent years, from a male stripper in "Magic Mike" to a human-wolf hybrid in the upcoming "Jupiter Ascending." Could he soon be adding "super hero" to that eclectic list? According to one "X-Men" producer, yes.
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In an interview with Empire magazine promoting "X-Men: Days of Future Past," producer Lauren Shuler Donner revealed that Tatum is interested in playing one of the iconic mutants in his own spin-off film -- he just needs to make a deal.
"I'm dying to do a Gambit movie with Channing Tatum," Shuler Donner told Empire. "That doesn't have to be a great big movie. It's a thief in New Orleans, it's a whole different story. He's on board, and I have to get the studio on board."
Considering how hot Tatum's career has been lately, him headlining his own superhero film certainly seems like a no-brainer. Plus, it will be a couple years before "X-Men: Apocalypse" hits theaters, making a smaller, one-mutant-centric flick the perfect antidote for fans dying to see more from their favorite heroes.
As Shuler Donner alluded, Tatum has already expressed interest in the part, telling Empire in an interview last year that he "would like to play Gambit."
"Gambit's my favorite. I'm from New Orleans, around that area. My dad's from New Orleans, and I like to do a Cajun accent. I could do it for real," he said, adding that there were many aspects he loved about the character.
"Gambit was always like the woman-loving, cigarette-smoking, drinking guy," Tatum explained. "He was the punk rock of all the superheroes. He's a thief. He kind of rode the line."
Sounds like a match made in heaven for both Tatum and studio Fox. Now all Tatum and Shuler Donner need is a green light, though the producer told Empire she was confident she could make the movie happen.
"How can anyone resist Channing?" Shuler Donner said. "He's such a sweetheart."