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Channing Tatum Confirmed as X-Men‘s Gambit

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Jason Merritt—Getty Images for MTV Tatum poses with the Trailblazer Award during the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.

The 22 Jump Street star will take over the role previously held by Taylor Kitsch

Rumors that Channing Tatum would take over the role of Gambit were confirmed on Monday night when an X-Men: Days of Future Past producer revealed that the Magic Mike actor had been cast as the popular mutant.

“He’s a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau, and he can handle the action — we all know that,” Lauren Shuler Donner said at the Days of Future Past premiere in London. “He’s not from New Orleans, but he is a Southerner and he understands that world.”

Tatum had expressed interest in the role last month, saying, “Gambit’s really the only X-Men I’ve ever loved.” Gambit was previously played by Friday Night Lights actor Taylor Kitsch in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but Kitsch’s star has faded somewhat in the last two years, thanks to poor showings at the box office by John Carter and Battleship.

[Total Film]

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