For those of you who used to read X-Men comics and think: “You know, I really wish Gambit was more of a panty creamer who subdued evil mutants by busting out some raunchy Tampa stripper moves in a pair of loose sweatpants”, you’re in luck! X-Men: Back to the Future Past producer Lauren Shuler Donner confirmed in an interview with Total Film (via Us Weekly) that walking hotness Channing Tatum has been cast as “Gambit” in the 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse. At the MTV Movie Awards last month, Channing Tatum said he had met with Donner about the possibility of playing Gambit (born name: Remy Etienne LeBeau. I’m truly embarrassed I didn’t have to go to Wikipedia for that one) and could really relate to the character, since they’re both from the south. He then added “…also because Brian Singer backed a dump truck full of money into my driveway and told me I could keep it if I left him sit in on a rehearsal for Magic Mike 2.”
Unfortunately, not everyone is excited to see Channing Tatum dopily mumble his way through a Cajun accent. Gambit first appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where he was played by forever-Tim Riggins Taylor Kitsch. Except for some reason, Taylor wasn’t invited back. What happened guys? Did Taylor take too many fun-size Snickers from the craft service table? Did you lose his phone number? I know that Taylor is trying to be a ~serious~ actor now, but I’m sure Taylor can still come in for an audition if you need him. Does Taylor have to pull a Sean Young and throw together a home-made Gambit costume and confront Brian Singer by whipping playing cards at him in the studio parking lot? Please say yes, because I would like to see that very much.