“Magic Mike” star Channing Tatum has been confirmed to join the X-Men universe as mutant Gambit in a new spin-off film.
The “21 Jump Street” star has spoken passionately in the past about his desire to play Remy LeBeau on the big screen and now producer Lauren Shuler Donner has revealed the 34-year-old is set to take on the role.
“I’ll develop it with him,” Donner told TotalFilm.com.
Donner insists the actor is perfect for the part.
“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’s a southerner too. He’s not from New Orleans, but he is a southerner. He understands that world and, you know, Gambit loves New Orleans.”
Actor Taylor Kitsch previously portrayed LeBeau/Gambit in “X: Men Origins: Wolverine”.
Tatum follows in the footsteps of Australian Hugh Jackman, who has headlined two standalone Wolverine spinoffs, with a third set for release in 2017.
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