Channing Tatum ‘X-Men’ spinoff ‘Gambit’ lands ‘RoboCop’ screenwriter

Oct. 31, 2014 | 4:29 p.m.
Channing Tatum: The popular actor is a believable action star and he’s even set to give voice to Superman in the upcoming “The Lego Movie,” marking his first foray into the DC Universe. And besides, if that “Man of Steel” sequel screenplay happens to feature a male exotic dancing sequence, Tatum’s got enough moxie to handle a breakaway Batsuit. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Channing Tatum. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Josh Zetumer has been hired to write the script for Fox’s “X-Men” spinoff, “Gambit.”

Zetumer’s script will be based on a treatment written by Chris Claremont, who created the comic book character, a fast-talking former thief whose given name is Remy LeBeau, with artist Jim Lee.

Fox confirmed the news Friday afternoon.

A Cajun charmer from Louisiana, Gambit has the ability to control kinetic energy, often charging items he touches, turning them into explosives and throwing them as weapons (playing cards are a favorite).

The character made his comic book debut in 1990 and has been featured in several “X-Men” animated series and video games; Taylor Kitsch played the rogue in Gavin Hood’s spinoff film, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”

The project is the latest in a series of films for the busy actor. Tatum was recently seen opposite Jonah Hill in “22 Jump Street,” the sequel to the movie comedy based on the TV show that debuted in the 1980s.

His next film, the fact-based drama “Foxcatcher,” opens in November, and he’s set to star with Mila Kunis in “Jupiter Ascending,” Andy and Lana Wachowski’s next spectacle-laden sci-fi outing, which arrives in theaters next year.

Zetumer previously wrote the screenplay for this year’s “RoboCop” remake, which was directed by Jose Padilha and saw actor Joel Kinnaman wear Alex Murphy’s metal uniform.

— Gina McIntyre

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