So, Channing Tatum is going to be Gambit.
I immediately have two thoughts about this. The first is simple: “couldn’t they have gotten a real actor for this role” (no, Taylor Kitsh isn’t an actor), and the second is “is Anna Paquin going to reprise her role as Rogue?”
I will admit that Channing Tatum is a handsome guy. I’m comfortable enough within myself to say that with confidence. Channing Tatum is handsome, and as one who’s doing Beachbody’s Body Beast (with some modifications), I know he’s putting in the hard work to have the body he has. De wimmins go crazy for it, and really, it’s de wimmins that have been going crazy for Gambit for a couple of decades now, so this seems like it should be a natural fit.
There are a couple of things wrong with this, though.
First, Gambit cannot hold his own solo comic title. It’s been tried with a couple of limited series, but really, in exploring the character, there just isn’t enough there to hold reader interest. (And trying to give him a convoluted backstory doesn’t help that much, either.) If he can’t hold his own title, what makes people think he can star in his own movie?
Gambit’s story may end up being a love story, with Rogue showing up. Call it an unrequited love. If Fox goes into Marvel canon, there are really only two stories worth mentioning in Gambit’s history: his complicity in the X-Tinction Agenda (which would also give us Mr. Sinister), and then joining the X-Men (which then gives us Rogue).
If they’re going to go with Rogue, then this is going to turn into a romantic adventure movie with some fighting. This then also turns it into not only a date movie, but a movie that is less about Gambit and more about Rogue, like the X-Men films were really Wolverine films with the X-Men guest starring.
I’m not complaining about the idea of the film. Just the actor. Even though they keep trying, Channing Tatum is not an action star. White House Down was a flop, Jupiter’s Ascending was a terrible flop, and while GI Joe garnered a sequel, it was more due to the ensemble cast than it was Tatum. And while he doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously (I Wanna Channing All Over Your Tatum and This Is The End), it’s because he seems to know his limitations as an actor.
I’m not looking forward to Gambit having a terrible accent. I’m not looking forward to Tatum trying an accent. I’m hoping it’s going to be a good (at least decent) story. I’ll be waiting for the trailers. (It’s a Fox production, so I can watch them. I can’t watch a Marvel Studios trailer.)