Gambit

We already know who is playing the new Gambit in Fox’s X-Men universe. The question is when we’ll see him. While we don’t have a concrete answer yet, Channing Tatum would like to assure you it’s still coming. “We’re finding a writer and sort of beating it out,” he offered.

Interestingly, it sounds like Gambit’s first solo outing won’t be the usual save-the-world origin story. Tatum hints the Gambit movie will be “something fresh,” with the world-saving stuff possibly saved for a future film. Hit the jump for all the latest on the Gambit movie.

Tatum offered the Gambit movie update to MTV.

We’re finding a writer and sort of beating it out. I don’t want to give too much away because we don’t know that much right now other than we obviously know who Gambit is.

We really do want to try our hardest to give something fresh. We’re obviously going to go to the saving-the-world superhero movies eventually, but maybe not for the first one. We kind of want to introduce this character in a very different way. When you try to do something different, you never really know right off the bat what that is. We’re feeling our way into it. And we really just gotta prove that concept of that person.

So many superhero flicks revolve around a villainous plot to destroy the world, and the hero’s quest to stop it. After all, that’s kind of what superheroes do. So it’s interesting Fox is considering a different route for the Gambit movie.

Budgetary concerns are probably part of the possible new direction. CG explosions and frantic extras don’t come cheap, and as popular as Gambit is in the comics he’s not exactly a proven draw on the screen. But hey, a deviation from the standard comic book movie formula could be a refreshing change of pace.

In the meantime, X-Men: Apocalypse arrives May 27, 2016. Gambit may or may not show up.

Here’s the original clip from MTV, in case you’d rather watch Tatum say the words himself. I don’t blame you. He’s an attractive dude.

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