by: Sammy Mink
We’re hearing rumors that “Magic Mike” might become Marvel superhero Gambit. Channing Tatum has met with “X-Men” producers to talk about bringing the comic book character back to the big screen. In the comic books, Gambit is part of the X-Men team, first appearing in 1990 in “Uncanny X-Men” #266. He can mentally create, control and manipulate kinetic energy to conform to his every whim. He is also incredibly skilled in card-throwing and hand-to-hand combat, though his weapon of choice is a bō. Gambit first appeared in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” played by Taylor Kitsch, also known as Tim Riggins on “Friday Night Lights.”
Apparently, Gambit is Tatum’s favorite X-Men character, particularly because they both hail from the South. We’re also hearing that producer Bryan Singer would like to include a role for Gambit in the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse” with a possible Gambit spin-off after that. It sounds like Tatum could be just what Gambit needs to become an X-Men staple.
We told you a few weeks ago that Marvel was looking to expand its horizons and give more minor comic book characters their own spin-off films. (Read the article here.) They certainly aren’t wasting any time and with a big name like Tatum ready to sign on, expect to hear a lot more about a Gambit solo project soon.
Tatum’s break out role was as novice dancer Tyler Gage in “Step Up” which catapulted him to fame, leading to roles in “White House Down,” “21 Jump Street” and, of course, “Magic Mike.” He’s reprising his roles for “22 Jump Street” and “Magic Mike XXL.”