‘Maleficent’ Star to Play Gambit in the MCU Over Channing Tatum?

A Gambit movie seems to make its way into superhero film discourse every few months or so — often starting as a barely audible murmur — the project gains steam every time new, or recycled, respun, and reinvented, information hits the internet.

From shifting directorial hands to formal cancellations and resurrection rumors following cancellation reports, one fact always remains constant: Channing Tatum would take on the titular role. While Channing Tatum had Gambit under lock and key, as far as anyone could tell, recently leaked information suggests that a different actor — an up and comer when compared to Tatum — may take on the lead in the MCU.

Maleficent Cast
Harris Dickinson, Sam Riley, Jenn Murray, Michelle Pfeiffer, Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein, and Joachim Rønning attend the world premiere of Disney’s ‘Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil’ at El Capitan Theatre on September 30, 2019 in Los Angeles, California | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

According to We Got This Covered, sources close to the outlet have confirmed that Marvel plans to reboot Gambit (Remy Lebeau) in the MCU; yet, Channing Tatum will not be the one in the suit. 

The source — who previously reported that a Nova movie was in development and that the Inhumans were returning for Ms. Marvel — provided the scoop. The character will likely be part of the MCU’s X-Men crew, and Tatum will no longer fit with the picture, and long-gestating narrative buildup, Marvel’s got planned. 

Marvel Studios is eyeing Harris Dickinson for Gambit in the MCU: Everything you need to know

One of the potential actors to take on the role — though by no means the only name on the studio’s shortlist — is Harris Dickinson. Dickinson recently portrayed Prince Phillip in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Harris Dickinson may not carry the star-power that Tatum does; however, Marvel has proved a competence for creating celebrities. 

Tom Holland became a household name the second he hit the silver screen as Peter Parker — perfectly embodying the innocent personality, acrobatic physicality (due to a background in formal ballet), and the trusting voice and disposition akin to the comic book representation. It’s likely that if Marvel plans to cast Gambit young, they foresee a large future for the character in the MCU.

Harris Dickinson is only 23 years old; meaning, he has time to age as the franchise develops; he will grow into a man as part of his narrative arc, as is the case with Peter Parker. Holland was 21 when Homecoming first premiered. On the otherhand, Tatum is already 39, making the character a bit old to be playing a superhero — expected to develop across the course of several years — in a movie that has yet to be announced. 

According to We Got This Covered, Dickinson is one of many on the studio’s list and, given his acting talent, let’s hope he’s a frontrunner. Dickinson has starred in The Darkest Minds, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Postcards From London, and he will star in 2020’s The King’s Man.

Dickinson has experience working in sci-fi and action-oriented spaces; thus, transitioning to a Marvel movie would not be a huge reach by any means. While nothing is confirmed, one thing seems certain: the role is probably out of Tatum’s grasp for good.