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January 06, 2015 11:25 AM

Channing Tatum‘s big role next year? An inveterate Cajun thief with special powers.

No, the actor’s not starring in an extremely loose adaptation of Dr. John’s life story: He’s going to play Gambit, one of the lesser-known X-Men.

Fox announced the film’s October 2016 release date Monday, and the actor seemingly confirmed the long-swirling rumors that he’d play the mutant via Twitter.

Gambit (real name: Remy Etienne LeBeau) first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #266, and as previously mentioned, is a professional thief and gambler hailing from Louisiana. His mutant power grants him the ability to charge things with kinetic energy and turn any object into an explosive. He uses playing cards, because he likes to gamble (per the name) and also because these are comic books, where wildly impractical weapons are industry standard.

Gambit (who had a long-running romance with Rogue, played in the Fox films by Anna Paquin) was first portrayed onscreen by Taylor Kitsch in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

The new Gambit film’s script will reportedly be written by Robocop writer Josh Zetumer from a treatment by longtime Marvel writer Chris Claremont, who created the character and wrote some of Marvel’s most popular story lines.

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