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Channing Tatum to play 'X-Men' character Gambit

Channing Tatum to play 'X-Men' character Gambit © AP / Channing Tatum Channing Tatum to play 'X-Men' character Gambit

By Greg Gilman

Bryan Singer has said he plans on bringing Gambit into the "X-Men" movie universe again in "Days of Future Past" sequel, "X-Men: Apocalypse," and now it appears Channing Tatum will play the card-tossing mutant.

"It is Channing," franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner told Total Film in an interview. "He's a rogue, he's a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau. And he can handle the action, as we know, and he's got a real good heart, I know him personally."

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"He'll be great for Gambit, and he's a southerner too," Donner added. "He's not from New Orleans, but he is a southerner, so he understands that world, and you know Gambit loves New Orleans."

Gambit, a Marvel mutant with the ability to mentally create, control and manipulate pure kinetic energy (as well as smack his enemies around with a bo staff), was previously played by Taylor Kitsch ("Lone Survivor") in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" -- typically fans' least favorite installment of the 20th Century Fox franchise.

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Tatum, who most certainly has the proper look for the character, will once again be showcasing his action chops this summer. First, he'll be fighting bad guys comedically in "22 Jump Street," then he'll put on a pair of pointy ears to fight for Mila Kunis in "Jupiter Ascending."

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" hits theaters on May 23.

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