Fri, 16 May 2014 06:45:00 GMT | By PTI

Channing Tatum to play Gambit in 'X-Men' spin-off

"Actor Channing Tatum will be great for Gambit," said 'X-Men' producer Lauren Shuler Donner

Channing Tatum (© Reuters)

Los Angeles: Channing Tatum is all set to play the card-wielding mutant, Gambit in a stand-alone film that will be preceded by 'X-Men: Apocalypse'.

Fox handed Tatum, 34, the role which was previously played by Taylor Kitsch in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine', reported Ace Showbiz.

The news of Tatum's casting was first hinted by 'X-Men' producer Lauren Shuler Donner while she attended the 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' premiere in London.

When asked what kind of an actor she was looking at to play Gambit, Shuler Donner said, "It's Channing."

"Well you know, he's a rogue - Channing - he's a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau, and he can handle the action, we all know that! And he's got a really good heart. He'll be great for Gambit and he's a Southerner, too! He's not from New Orleans, but he is a Southerner, and he understands that world."

Tatum's version of Gambit will be given an introduction in 'X-Men: Apocalypse' which is scheduled for 2016. Therefore it is presumed that the Gambit movie will be released in 2018.

The film is already in development but no director has been attached.

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