Channing Tatum to Play Gambit?

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Rumors had it for a while now that Magic Mike and 22 Jump Street star Channing Tatum was in the running to play one of Marvel’s beloved mutants, Gambit, in a future X-Men. At the moment, the speculation is that he will appear in X-Men: Apocalypse.

After months of playing the maybe card whenever they were asked, X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner kind of confirmed the rumors that has long been brewing to Total Film.

“He’s a rogue. Channing, he’s a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau,” Donner said. “And he can handle the action. We all know that. And he’s got a really good heart.”

While appearing at 2014 MTV Movie Awards, where he earned the Trailblazer Award, Tatum revealed that he “would die” if he were given the chance to play Gambit and his wish may have just come true.

“I met with Lauren Shuler Donner. I would love [to]. Gambit’s really the only X-Men that I’ve ever loved. I love them all. They’re all great. I don’t know,” he said in an interview. “I guess being from down south… I just related to him. He’s the most un-X-Men X-Men that’s ever been in X-Men, other than maybe Wolverine.”

If you don’t remember (or choose not remember) Friday Night Lights star Taylor Kitsch took on the role of the mutant in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Freddie Mercury Bio-Pic Casts Their Freddie, Again

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After all this time, it looks like that Freddie Mercury bio-pic has finally gotten someone to play the iconic frontman and it might not be someone who we expected.

Ben Whishaw.

That is correct, the guy who played Q in Skyfall and Freddie Lyon (see it was already in the cards, we think) on BBC’s The Hour has been chosen to take the place of Sacha Baron Cohen after he bowed out of the role.

About six weeks ago, there was story written by the BBC blog, Anglophenia, that Queen’s Roger Taylor had his heart set on Whishawn taking on the role of the late-singer. At the time, even the blog had to admit that it was a stretch that the actor would take on the role that was previously occupied by someone with much more credentials. But alas, it looks like the rumor wasn’t a stretch at all because today it was confirmed.

At the time, Cohen has decided to leave the film, it was rumored that it was due to creative issues between the actor and the band. After his departure, guitarist Brain May said, “you have to really suspend that disbelief – the man who plays Freddie, you have to really believe is Freddie. And we didn’t think that could really happen with Sacha. That’s not any criticism of his talent whatsoever, it’s just a feeling that it was not going to work – that the pieces didn’t fit together anymore.”

It’s also been reported that Dexter Fletcher has already closed the deal on the bio-pic and is currently working on how to represent the events that lead to the formation of Queen. Deadline reported that the film would be more of a celebration of Mercury’s glory days rather than concentrating on his last days.

‘Fifty Shade of Grey’ Cast Update

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While it might not be music related in many sense, but let’s be honest anything can be music related, it looks like the highly anticipated casting of the last year and a half has come to a close.

Today, Fifty Shade of Grey author, E.L. James announced via Twitter who have won the most sought after role of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, and let’s just say that the fans an onlookers a like were split down the middle over the casting decision.

Taking on the role of billionaire and BDSM lover Christian Grey is Sons of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam. With those not familiar with the show, he plays Jax Teller on the FX biker gang program. Taking on the role of the whiny girl that somehow manages to win Grey’s heart, is Dakota Johnson, daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith who’s biggest role was on FOX’s Ben & Kate.

While the new hit the Twitterverse this morning, it looks like it has taken a mind of its own with people, mostly women who read the full series in three-day (we are completely guilty of that) taking to the social media site to express how the feel about the casting and let’s just say, it was all very good.

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So, if you have read the erotic series (don’t lie, admitting is the first step) do you think that the casting does the characters in the series any service? Deep down, we’re still hoping that Ian Somerhalder (or Matt Bomer or Henry Cavill) and Alexis Bledel would take over the naughty roles, but one can dream.