Since this article was published we have learned that not only will Channing Tatum be playing Gambit in an upcoming unnamed X-Men movie, but Hugh Jackman - who had previously said he would be retiring from playing Wolverine - is now reportedly reconsidering his position due to his belief that X-Men: Days of Future Past has breathed new life into the franchise.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is still a month away, but Fox is already releasing details on the next big mutant superhero film, currently titled [X-Men: Apocalypse](movie:1194267).
The film, which will be somewhat based on the 90s comic storyline "Age of Apocalypse," is still being written, so story details have yet to be revealed. What we do know, however, is that some of the biggest names from [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942) will be coming back.
This undoubtedly means we are stepping into minor spoiler territory since the news implies who is definitely going to survive the events of the upcoming X-Men film. Proceed at your own risk!
According to Bryan Singer, director of pretty much every X-Men film that was actually good, the returning cast members (for now) will be:
- James McAvoy (Charles Xavier)
- Michael Fassbender (Magneto)
- Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique)
- Nicholas Hoult (Beast)
OK, so who is really surprised that these guys made the list? With the exception of Hoult, these characters are pretty much guaranteed to lend their star power to the X-Men franchise (no offense to Hoult, by the way. He's a great actor and I've been a fan of his since Skins, but he still has a long way to go before he's in the same league as the names above him).
But that's not all! Singer and writer-producer Simon Kinberg also talked about Hugh Jackman/Wolverine possibly showing up in the film, though they implied his role would be diminished.
In addition, Singer mentioned Nightcrawler and Gambit possibly showing up as well, which is great news for Taylor Kitsch fans (assuming he's reprising his role from X-Men Origins: Wolverine). We can probably assume that Nightcrawler will be replaced by a new actor, though I was definitely a fan of Alan Cumming's take on the character back in X2.
I’m excited because I want to start introducing familiar characters at different ages and also explore the ‘80s. - Bryan Singer