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Channing Tatum Talks About the Gambit Movie, Other “G-Word” Nowhere to Be Found

You know the one.


It might suck to wait years for your favorite superhero to finally get a movie only to have to sit through two hours of origin story and then wait roughly two more years to finally see them in full hero action, but at least Channing Tatum’s comments on Gambit’s new movie origin don’t use the word “gritty.”

Empire caught up with Tatum recently, and it turns out that, despite the movie still not having a director, it has an early script:

Josh Zetumer just turned in the first draft of the script, and it’s killer. None of us were sure how he was going to deal with the X-Men world. But we’re going to be changing some of the tropes of these movies. It’s always about saving the world (laughs), but maybe we’re going to shift things a little but. There’s so many ways you can take [an origin story]. You could do it like Batman Begins, or a different take and go the Guardians Of The Galaxy route. All I can say is, I’m super excited.

And we are, too, if the X-Men franchise is going to get something a little bit different with Gambit. Sadly, that’s still not a lot to go on as far as how the movie will be a different direction for the “X-Men world,” but Tatum sounds excited enough to keep us invested for now. He also told them,

I love Gambit. I grew up in the South; my father’s from Louisiana. We’d go to New Orleans and I heard all the dialects. It felt so different from the rest of America; it has its own ancient culture. So I identified with that. And he always felt the most real of the X-Men to me. He’s kind of a tortured soul and he’s not a good guy. But he’s not a bad guy, either. He walks his own path. And of course he plays cards and drinks and is a martial-arts badass!

My apologies to those of you who only needed to fill in the “gritty” square on your Gambit edition Superhero Movie Adaptation Bingo. There’s always the next interview. It just wasn’t in the cards this time.



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