Yo, it’s Comic Book Movie Weather for the next decade so there is ALWAYS casting news. But this ain’t casting news fam, this is wish fulfillment. Your wish, though?
Naw b, it’s Channing Tatum’s world and we all just the tear away pants from Magic Mike, living in it. Best we can hope for is a clean button rip and being thrown into a thirsty woman’s lap with disposable income.
What seemed funny at first (as in haha) when Tatum announced that he wanted to play Gambit, now seems funny (as in laughing to stop from crying) that it is a living, breathing, pelvic thrusting, thing. And this isn’t to say that Tatum is a bad actor, he’s not. And this isn’t to say that there haven’t been worse actors in a X-Men film. There have been. But I would much rather see Tatum fit into an ensemble cast then see your boy rocking a head band and bo staff with a pack of Bicycle 52 in his trench coat as the “feature.” And being an X-Men identified character, this movie is of course being made by Fox which has brought you such classics as Jessica Alba running around naked but invisible and Toby Maguire as fuck boy Parker in the third act of Spider-Man 3.
Let’s be honest, Tatum wants to play Gambit, not Wolverine or Magneto, so we can’t set the internet ablaze over this like our first instinct is to. But yo, Tatum rocking a Cajun accent might be the best gift to Shade-benders like myself since Halle Berry tried to embrace Mother Africa with a dialect that could be classified as “carnival background noise” in X-Men. Unless Tatum is actually British and can do any United States associated dialect under the sun. I mean for the love of kinetic energy, his name is Channing after all.
I guess what’s most significant about this is the notion of asking for something and getting it. It’s smart on Tatum’s part, because I don’t know what casting director for an X-Men film is calling up 26 1/2 Jumpstreet for a random Gambit role in a future film. While many of us would definitely have liked to see Gambit reappear in an X-Men flick (to at the very least atone for the midair collision that was his portrayal in X-Men Origins: Wolverine), I don’t know how many cats were waiting on the Gambit solo flick. I mean, I fux with some Spades and a little Poker, but I’m not sure Le Diable Blanc is Player One status.
But I have to admit, its admirable that we’re getting a Fox comic book flick that wasn’t conceived for the sole purpose of remodeling their board of trustees’ vacation homes or kicking Marvel in the nuts. So, as ridiculous as this whole project is, ironically it’s actually a bonus for us X-Men riders that we’re getting an affiliated flick at all. But not like a Christmas Bonus, where you can drop that extra four hunned for a XBOX One. More like, your boss handing you an envelope marked “Bonus” at the end of the year that contains a $25 gift certificate to Honey Baked Ham. And the fam went vegan like 6 years ago, b.