Even before we get see the next installment of X-Men in Days of Future Past hit theaters, we are already seeing casting announcements for the sequel and rumors of the sequels sequel. X-Men is a franchise that is not slowing down anytime soon and it’s going to grab every major hollywood actor eventually. Recently producer Lauren Shuler Donner (she’s produced all the Free Willy films as well as the X-Men movies) confirmed that Channing Tatum, who has long since been eyeing the role and campaigning publicly about his desire to play the mutant, was indeed cast to portray the raging cajun in the upcoming X-Men Age of Apocalypse. Not much is known about the film at this point, but one thing’s for sure, Channing Tatum will likely be carrying a deck of cards with him at all times.
Producer Lauren Shuler Donner had this to say:
“Well you know who’s a rogue, Channing. He’s a rascal just like Remy LeBeau and he can handle the action. We all know that. He’s got a really good heart because I know him personally. I did a movie with him, so I think he’ll be great for Gambit. And he’s a southerner too. He’s not from New Orleans, but he is a southerner and a he understands that world. And you know Gambit loves New Orleans.”
Channing has grown to capture the admiration of most ever since his role in the 21 Jump Street reboot after showcasing he can do more than pose and flex his muscles on screen. And he did it quite well. Showcasing humor and such in 21 Jump Street, not the whole muscles on screen thing. Though he does that all right too, we suppose. Anyway, it’s no surprise that he would be up for the role after being vocal about his interests. To be frank, we enjoy X-Men movies a lot, and Channing Tatum as well. Put those two together and we have a solid combo package that is sure to make lots of money and one heck of an entertaining film. We just hope he does better than Taylor Kitsch. Yeesh…
X-Men: Age of Apocalypse is currently slated for a May 2016 release, though that is likely to change. Bryan Singer is attached to direct, and most of the cast of all of the other X-Men movies are likely going to come back. But who knows? I mean, Hugh Jackman isn’t getting any younger. Though Sir Patrick Stewart looks great for 73. I wonder what’s his secret? And have you seen Sir Ian McKellen?