After months of rumors and speculation, it has been confirmed by X-Menproducer Lauren Shuler Donner that Channing Tatum will indeed play Gambit in an upcoming X-Men film. Whether that will be a standalone film or X-Men: Apocalypse or some other X-Men film remains to be seen.

We really didn’t care for Taylor Kitsch’s portrayal of Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. White House Down wasn’t that good, but Tatum had such an easygoing and charming way of getting through chaos it convinced me he could play Gambit. He also seems to love Gambit as a character, and I’d rather have somebody who knows the source material play the character than somebody who knows nothing (I’m looking at you, Kate Mara).

Here’s a video of the confirmation from Total Film:

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