X-Men came back with a bang last year courtesy of Bryan Singer’s ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’. What better way to cash in on the hype than release a spin-off of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters?

Fox and Marvel have officially confirmed the release of a ‘Gambit’ film starring Channing Tatum. When asked about the release date the ’22 Jump Street’ star was quoted on the popular micro-blogging site Twitter, “How do you say October 7, 2016 in Cajun.”

Tatum will play the Cajun thief-turned-superhero and had previously explained how he would approach the character. According to Consequence of Sound he was quoted saying, “Gambit was always like the woman-loving, cigarette-smoking, drinking guy. He was the punk rock of all the superheroes. He’s a thief. He kind of rode the line. We’re obviously going to go to the saving-the-world superhero movies eventually, but maybe not for the first one. We kind of want to introduce this character in a very different way”.

It has also been confirmed that ‘RoboCop (2014)’ screenwriter Joshua Zetumer is developing the script. Gambit is well-known for his strong Cajun accent and his weapon of choice — playing cards. He was introduced by Marvel in 1990 in the comic series ‘Uncanny X-Men’. As a mutant, he can charge non-living objects with his volatile kinetic powers. He is considered an anti-hero but it is great to see Marvel focusing on someone other than the Wolverine.

According to IMDb, Tatum will also be starring as ‘Gambit’ in the upcoming ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’. He had had auditioned for the role back in 2006 for ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’. When speaking with Total Film, he revealed that since 2013, he had been interested in portraying Gambit on the big screen. The ‘GI: Joe’ star takes over from Taylor Kitsch who had previously played Gambit in ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’.

This is not the only spin-off in the ‘X-Men’ series that has been greenlit. Ryan Reynolds will be ‘Deadpool’ in his own film slated for release February 12, 2016. The studio has had an impressive 2014 with ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’.