Channing Tatum Gambit

Hang on tight to your panties, ladies. Channing Tatum is on his way to playing sexiest mutant the world has ever known: Gambit.

The buzz started late last year when the Magic Mike 2 star said he would love to play the card-throwing X-Men character. Then this past January, X-Men Producer Lauren Schuler Donner chimed into the discussion. “I’m dying to do a Gambit movie with Channing Tatum,” she said.

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I’m dying to do a lot of things with Channing Tatum, but that doesn’t mean they’ll actually happen.

Fortunately for all of womankind, Tatum confirmed the talks last Sunday in an interview after the MTV Movie Awards. “I met with Lauren Shuler Donner. And I would love it. Gambit is really the only X-Man I’ve ever loved,” he said.

“I mean I’ve loved them all, they’re all great, but I guess from being down south – my dad’s from Louisiana, I’m from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida – I don’t know. I just related to him. He’s just kind of suave.”

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The talks are ongoing and the odds look good, considering that Donner plays a big part in the casting of every X-Men movie. Cross your fingers that this plan comes to fruition. Channing Tatum as Gambit would be your childhood mutant crush being played by your adult, male stripper crush. That’s inception-level dreams coming true.

“I hope it [comes together]. You never know it’s a weird industry,” he said. “If the stars align, I would die to play it. I’m already working on the accent. It’s crappy at the moment.”

Until then, we’ll save our swooning for 22 Jump Street when it hits theaters in June and Magic Mike 2’s July 2015 release.

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