Fox have today confirmed Channing Tatum will be playing Gambit in the upcoming X-Men spin off. Gambit previously appeared in X- Men Origins: Wolverine played by Taylor Kitsch:
Gambit’s real name is Remy Etienne LeBeau and he was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was kidnapped from the hospital where he was born, then raised by the LeBeau Clan Thieves’ Guild, and given to the Antiquary as a tribute.
They referred to the child as “Le Diable Blanc” (“the White Devil”) and believed he was prophesied to unite the warring Thieves’ and Assassins’ Guilds. Soon after, Remy was placed in the care of Fagan’s Mob, a gang of street thieves who raised the child and taught him the ways of thievery. After living as an orphan on the streets, a 10-year-old Remy attempted to pick the pocket of Jean-Luc LeBeau, then patriarch of the Thieves’ Guild. Jean-Luc took the boy off the streets and adopted him into his own family.
Remy’s bio-kinetic charging abilities manifested early in his teens, although he kept his powers secret from his family and friends, practicing his powers away from prying eyes. When he was 15, he accompanied his cousin Etienne Marceaux on his “Tithing”, the ritual initiation test of the Thieves’ Guild. However, it went awry as they were assigned to steal from the powerful immortal mutant Candra, who quickly captured them. Candra recognized Remy from an encounter that had taken place in her past but in his future (due to a time travel mission to the 19th Century Remy would take as an adult) and sold them to the deformed mutant gangster and child slave trader known as the Pig, who planned to sell them and others their age to HYDRA as boy soldiers. Remy used his powers to escape their holding pen, but the physically enhanced Pig quickly caught up to them. Remy discovered his signature attack when he picked up a playing card that Etienne had dropped, charged it, and threw it in the Pig’s face, taking out his eye. Finally escaping his cliff top headquarters by diving into the sea, Remy was ultimately rescued by the Guild; Etienne drowned.
Later during his teen years, Remy was first hired by Mr. Sinister, then in disguise of Dr. Nathaniel Essex. Essex wanted his stolen diaries back from the Weapon X program. Remy and the Thieves’ Guild accepted the mission and sent out Remy to retrieve said diaries. Standing in the cold, scouting the Weapon X facility, Remy couldn’t bear the cold and swore he would steal a long, stylish jacket in New Orleans after the mission, which he did. Upon entering the facility, Remy witnessed Wolverine escaping from his adamantium procedure and found the diaries. However, deeming them to be too dangerous for Essex to have them, as Remy didn’t fully trust him, Remy burned the diaries. He headed back home, only to find a disappointed Thieves’ Guild and Essex.
In an attempt to reconcile the Thieves’ and Assassins’ Guilds, Remy married Bella Donna Boudreaux, granddaughter of the head Assassin, whom he met at the age of eight. Unfortunately, he was challenged by her brother Julien to a duel after the wedding. In the duel, Gambit killed Julien, and he was exiled from the city, ending his romantic relationship with Bella Donna. It was then when he crossed paths with the X-Men.
This leaves the X-Men movie schedule as follows:
- Deadpool – February 12, 2016
- X-Men: Apocalypse – May 27, 2016
- Gambit – October 7, 2016
- Wolverine 3 – March 3, 2017
- Untitled X-Men Movie – July 13, 2018