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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Tatum: I'm dying to be X-Men Gambit

Channing Tatum is tipped to play Gambit in a standalone X-Men film

Channing Tatum has revealed that he has yet to sign on the dotted line for the role of X-Men's Gambit.

The 21 Jump Street star has been confirmed to play the mutant superhero in an X-Men spin-off movie, after expressing his interest.

"I hope to be joining - everything's not done yet," he told The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog.

"I've obviously been in talks, and we're on the one yard line. I'm always afraid of being like, 'Yes it's totally happening' and then it doesn't happen."

"If something happens and I don't get to do it, then it's always really awkward. But yeah, I'm dying to do it," the 34-year-old added.

Channing - who was at the Cannes Film Festival to promote Bennett Miller's wrestling drama Foxcatcher alongside his co-stars Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell - is tipped to get a standalone spin-off film as Gambit/Remy LeBeau.

It will happen after the character, who has the ability to mentally create, control and manipulate pure kinetic energy, is introduced in the third X-Men film, Apocalypse, in 2016.

However, the film is still in the works, with no director attached yet.

X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner told Total Film: "He's a rogue, he's a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau. He can handle the action, as we know, and he's got a real good heart, I know him personally. He'll be great for Gambit, and he's a southerner too, he understands that world, and you know Gambit loves New Orleans."

Taylor Kitsch previously played Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

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