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Tatum eyed for Gambit spin-off

Channing Tatum should star in a Gambit stand-alone film, X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner has said.

The producer admitted she sees a big-screen future for the mutant superhero, without the other X-Men.

She told Empire: "I'm dying to do a Gambit movie with Channing Tatum. 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. How can anyone resist Channing? He's such a sweetheart."

Taylor Kitsch previously played Gambit, who can control and manipulate kinetic energy, in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Channing, who has starred in action movies such as GI Joe, White House Down and Haywire, has already expressed his interest in playing the character.

"I would like to play Gambit. Gambit's my favourite. 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 as he promoted White House Down in 2013.

"No knock on Taylor Kitsch, though, 'cause I actually like his Gambit, but I've always lived around Cajun people. Gambit was always like the woman-loving, cigarette-smoking, drinking guy.

"He was the punk rock of all the superheroes. He's a thief. He kind of rode the line," he added.

Channing, last seen opposite Jamie Foxx in White House Down, will next star in drama Foxcatcher, the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending and the 21 Jump Street sequel. He will also voice Superman in The Lego Movie.

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