Channing Tatum wants to learn a Cajun accent for his role in the upcoming Marvel film “Gambit.” In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Tatum revealed how he plans to learn the accent.
“I’m from the South, so I know who to go to, to find the accent. I haven’t found the guy yet, because generally, that’s how I do accents. Like, I’ll find the person that I want to sound like and not just do a generic Cajun accent,” the 35-year-old actor said.
In the comics, the card-throwing mutant has Louisiana roots and is proud of his thick accent. “He has almost a Jedi mind-trick thing that I want to try put in, where he speaks patois -- and so I’m going to have to learn patois, which is going to be hard. But, we’ll see,” Tatum told Latino Review.
“Gambit” will be an “X-Men” spin-off about a mutant who can create and control kinetic energy. He can charge cards and other objects and turn them into explosive projectiles to use against his enemies. He was the member of Thieves Guild before joining “X-Men.” He also shares a romantic relationship with another X-Men member, Rogue. The character was created by Chris Calremont and Jim Lee.
Rupert Wyatt is directing “Gambit” from a screenplay by Joshua Zetumer. The official plot details have yet to be revealed, but according to Tatum it is a “standalone” film about Gambit’s life in New Orleans. “It's the story of Gambit and we'll probably gradually integrate that character into the X-Men universe as we go,” he told Digital Spy.
The film is set to hit theaters Oct. 7, 2016. Other cast members and the filming schedule are not known.