There’s trouble in paradise for the upcoming X-Men spinoff Gambit. Yesterday it was reported that Channing Tatum may drop out of playing the eponymous character due to his deal with 20th Century Fox falling apart. Ever since Fox officially confirmed that Tatum would both star in and produce Gambit at the beginning of the year, things had been moving smoothly, from Rupert Wyatt being hired as director, to Tatum learning how to throw cards and practice a New Orleans accent, so this news was quite the surprise. Keep in mind that that Tatum hasn’t officially exited Gambit, but at the time of this writing, things aren't looking good.

For the sake of argument, however, let’s assume Channing Tatum does decide to drop out. Whether Fox keeps their original October 2016 release date or decides to delay it, they will still have to find a replacement to portray Remy LeBeau. With that in mind, these are the five actors we think could to the longtime X-Men character justice on the big screen.

Taylor Kitsch
Taylor Kitsch
Wait, hear me out! Despite the negative reviews X-Men Origins: Wolverine received, many fans did like Taylor Kitsch’s performance as the Ragin’ Cajun, who was Wolverine’s adversary-turned-ally. If Tatum does walk, it wouldn’t be unprecedented to turn back to the guy that originally played Gambit. Granted, Kitsch hasn’t had great luck with blockbusters lately, but one thing he has going for him is that people have already gotten a taste of what he has to offer, similar to Ryan Reynolds with Deadpool. Kitsch has already given Tatum his blessing, but I find it hard to believe he wouldn’t at least meet with Fox if they approached him. If hired, all we ask is that he work on making Gambit’s Cajun dialect more pronounced. In his first turn, the accent was subtle to the point it was barely noticeable.

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