If there’s one thing that 20th Century Fox’s Marvel division has demonstrated to audiences through two films (Deadpool, Logan) and one suspenseful New Mutants trailer, its that this regime of studio execs & creators all finally know what they’re doing. That alone is enough of a reason to buy into the upcoming Gambit movie, starring Channing Tatum in the lead role. At last, the film has a director in Gore Verbinski, as well as a Valentine’s Day 2019 release date. This confirms the long-delayed project is finally happening, while also giving Tatum his shot at a lead role that’ll set him up for the next decade.
For years, Tatum has continued to improve himself as an actor. It started with the Jump Street films (co-starring Jonah Hill), and from there he never lost momentum. From critically-acclaimed supporting roles in Foxcatcher, Hail Caesar!, and Logan Lucky, to his proven box office draw in the Magic Mike films. Who gives a shit about Jupiter Ascending? Leo DiCaprio on his best day couldn’t save that film.
For awhile I was worried that it was too little, too late for his place in the blockbuster landscape, especially after learning his role in Kingsman: The Golden Circle was minor, this after having a previously minor role in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. Tatum has come so far as an actor since Step Up, and I think he deserves a shot to potentially lead his own comic book franchise. Don’t you? I’ve always been convinced that he’s the right fit to play Remy LeBeau, and I’m encouraged by the actor’s passion and understanding of the X-Men character. I’ll be watching the production for Gambit, beginning next year, with great interest!