Producer Lauren Shuler Donner confirms the Fox "X-Men" movie spin-off "Gambit" is moving forward with actor Channing Tatum locked in to play Marvel Comics mutant superhero:
"I think the truth is when you have these movies that need a very special and unique tone, it takes a little while to find that tone," said "Gambit" co-producer Simon Kinberg.
"'Deadpool' feels like it exploded out of nowhere but it was a ten-year development process on that movie. I think it was honed over those ten years. I hope that 'Gambit' doesn’t take ten years but it takes a little honing to get that tone and that voice exactly right.
"The character has such a specific voice in the comic in the same way that Deadpool has a specific voice in the comic, that we want to make sure that we capture that voice on the page.
Created by writer Chris Claremont and illustrator Jim Lee, 'Gambit' debuted in Marvel's "Uncanny X-Men Annual" #14 (1990), followed by "Uncanny X-Men" #266 (1990).
His powers include the ability to mentally create, control and manipulate kinetic energy.
Gambit is also skilled in card-throwing, hand-to-hand combat and the use of a bō.
Originally a professional thief, Gambit has shown a more vulnerable side of himself in his relationship with the mutant 'Rogue'. Proud of his deep south, Louisiana heritage, he speaks in a thick Cajun accent.
Though he did not appear in the first three original "X-Men" films, Gambit appeared on screen in the 2009 feature "X-Men Origins: Wolverine", portrayed by Taylor Kitsch.
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