Crystal Hunt tells us that 20 Century Fox is trying to get the most out of their X-Men rights, with three films coming out next year: X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool and Gambit. The latter is “still in the script stage,” according to Channing Tatum, who has been cast in the title role. Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) has recently been hired to direct.
Of course, there’s only one question on everybody’s minds: what is Tatum’s accent going to sound like?
This is no small matter; as fun as Gambit’s power (turning anything he touches into an explosive) can be, his strong Cajun accent is a major, very memorable aspect of his character, and accents are something that can be very hard for some actors. Trying to sound Cajun, or really like any sort of Southerner, in particular can come off as a generic “stupid hick” voice, which would ruin any attempt to make Gambit into the suave, devil-may-care rogue that he is.
Tatum, an Alabama native, commented on the issue. “I’m from the South, so I know who to go to to find the accent. I haven’t found ‘the guy’ yet, because generally that’s how I do accents. I’ll find the person that I want to sound like and not just do a generic Cajun accent. So I haven’t found the guy yet.”