Channing Tatum has confirmed that he will not appear as Gambit/Remy Etienne LeBeau in director Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Apocalypse.” During an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit, a fan asked the actor about his possible participation in the film, to which he replied “No ma’am, or sir. I definitely will not.”
There were rumors that Tatum’s Gambit would be seen in a cameo role in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” as one of the X-Men. However, Tatum's comment seems to put those rumors to rest.
In the comics, Gambit has been described as a mutant who has the ability to turn playing cards and other objects into explosive projectiles. He also possesses extraordinary hand-to-hand combat skills and can see the future through tarot cards. He is also a tortured soul who shares a stressful relationship with his love interest Rogue.
Tatum will be seen as Gambit in a solo film that is set for an Oct. 7, 2016, release. Rupert Wyatt, of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” fame, will direct the film from a script by Joshua Zetumer. The plot is unknown but Tatum hinted in a previous interview that the history of the character will be explored.
“You kind of have to slowly massage it into a world you believe, and that is honest to what the actual property and what the history of the character was. … People know and love this character, so you have to be honest to what it was in the comics, and you also have to give them something they believe and that they’re not expecting,” he told Screen Rant.
Tatum is a big fan of Marvel movies and would do anything to be in its films, especially one like “Gambit,” he said.