For a long time, Channing Tatum has been looking for an opportunity to portray Gambit on screen. After losing the chance to play the character in several X-Men movies, he was finally offered a solo film based on the character. However, it was canceled after Disney acquired 21st Century Fox. And now that the Marvel Studios is all set to introduce X-Men with Deadpool 3 into the MCU, fans want to see the Magic Mike star as Gambit in the upcoming film.
Gambit made his first appearance on the big screen in the 2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine, in which Taylor Kitsch played the role. The filmmakers were planning to move ahead with a standalone film for the character. However, Kitsch’s performance was not up to expectations. After which Tatum expressed his desire to play the character.
Channing Tatum Could Finally Play Gambit in Deadpool 3
Ryan Reynolds revealed a new addition to phase 5 of the MCU with Deadpool 3. The upcoming film is also set to be Wolverine’s MCU debut. However, the studio has still not revealed many characters who could appear in Deadpool 3.
And rumors had that Gambit is one of the characters who would appear in the upcoming film. Following the rumors about Gambit’s appearance in the film, fans are expecting to see Channing Tatum as the character.
Although the studio has not confirmed anything yet, there could be a possibility that it would bring back Gambit as it did with Wolverine.
Rumors also suggest that the Free Guy star wants Channing Tatum in Deadpool 3. Although it is not confirmed if he wants Tatum to play Gambit or any other character. But Reynolds reportedly wants the Foxcatcher star to take up any possible role in the film.
Fans Say It Would be Cool to See Channing Tatum as Gambit
Following the rumors that Channing Tatum could finally play Gambit in Deadpool 3, they have been supportive of the actor. Tatum fans have started asking that the studio should give him the opportunity.
Still a bummer his movie was canceled 😔
— Mel (@Ixaac_11) November 21, 2022
That'd be cool.
— The-Autistic-Artist🍂🦃 (@TheAutisticArt) November 21, 2022
gambit is hands down the most underrated marvel character
— Carson (@xMirvge) November 21, 2022
True im in to see channing tatum as gambit
— Kaan (@K4ne6767) November 22, 2022
I hope Channing Tatum gets a chance to play gambit in Deadpool 3
— valentin (@valenti66890425) November 22, 2022
While some said that it’d be cool, others claimed that the Step Up star deserves an opportunity to play his dream role.
Channing Tatum Lost the Opportunity to Play Gambit Several Times
Although the Dear John star was set to appear in a standalone Gambit film, it was not the first time he was offered the role. Earlier, the character was expected to have a cameo in the 2006 X-Men: The Last Stand, and the Logan Lucky actor was chosen for the role.
However, the character was written out of the script before Channing Tatum was officially cast as Gambit. After this, the filmmakers decided to introduce Gambit in the 2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine. But this time Tatum was busy with G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and the role went to Taylor Kitsch.
The studio was also planning a standalone with Kitsch. But considering his performance in the 2009 film was not up to the standards, they dropped the project.
Followed by this, The Eagle actor expressed his desire to play the character. Soon after this, X-Men franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner revealed that she was working on a Gambit film with Tatum. In May 2014, he even signed on to star in the film. However, the film was canceled in May 2019 after Disney acquired 20th Century Fox.
Deadpool 3 is set to release on 8 November 2024.