Hell NO!!! NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I can’t stress enough how disappointed I am with this casting confirmation for the upcoming X-Men movie! Hell no! What are you thinking, X-Men producers?!
Producer Lauren Shuler Donner confirmed the news at the London premiere of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, last Monday: “It’s Channing, yes, I’ll develop it with him.”. She say he would be perfect for the part because: “He’s a rogue, Channing. He’s a rascal just like Remy LeBeau. And he can handle the action, we all know that. And 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 not from New Orleans but he is a Southerner – he understands that world – and you know Gambit loves New Orleans.“
I’m seriously not happy about this casting choice. Look, I like Channing Tatum as much as the next girl, he’s kind of cute and funny and looks great without a shirt… none of these characteristics define Gambit! I would have been more satisfied if they brought back Taylor Kitsch, who played Gambit in (that really bad) X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Gambit and Rogue are two of my favorite X-Men, I loved them in the animated series back in the early 90’s and I loved them even more throughout the comics. I was seriously disappointed when back in 2000, Bryan Singer casted young Anna Paquin as Rogue, because as much as I love Anna Paquin and her Marie, she didn’t convey the image of the fierce and outspoken Rogue that I always knew. But now they are putting Tatum as the love of her life, presumably in the 80’s (meaning that the 2 characters won’t even meet), and that just doesn’t work for me….
Obviously, the X-Men are more than just the sum of its parts, and no matter who plays who, I know that all the upcoming movies will be great and I can’t wait to watch them. We’re just a few weeks away from X-Men: Days of Future Past, and I can’t wait!