Right now, the world of cinema is experiencing a boom in comic book movies and that’s due in large part to the fact that so many quality superhero films are being released each year. Marvel has pioneered the route that comic book movies have taken in the last half decade and the studio remains a huge draw for not only audiences but actors looking to get in on the action.
Channing Tatum is an actor that many people realize is super talented but hasn’t yet landed that singular role that delivers him as true action star. Despite roles in White House Down, G.I. Joe and other actions films, Tatum hasn’t fully lived up to the acting potential he’s shown in films like Magic Mike and his work with Academy Award winning director Steven Soderbergh.
His fortunes could be changing though as Channing Tatum has expressed an interest in starring in a comic book movie, going as far as to single out the character he wants to play. In speaking with Total Film recently, Tatum expressed a desire to play Gambit, which would take him to world of X-Men.
“I haven’t really had much superhero movie [experience]. But there’s a lot of them, there’s a lot of superhero movies out there,” Tatum said when discussing the prospect of superhero films alongside Jamie Foxx. “But I would like to play Gambit. Gambit’s my favorite because I’m from New Orleans, or around that area … and I’d like to do that Cajun accent.”
Tatum also cited that Gambit is a cigarette smoking, woman loving character that he could easily play, and it’s not hard to understand why. Tatum noted that he wasn’t happy with the lack of a Cajun accent in the last big screen appearance of Gambit who was portrayed in 2009’s Wolverine: Origins by Taylor Kitsch.
It is surprising that Tatum hasn’t been able to work his way into a superhero movie yet but with the sheer amount of them being produced, it likely won’t be long until we see him end up in one.