This evening Scott Davis and Colin Hart were on the red carpet for the UK Premiere of Logan Lucky, Steven Soderbergh’s new heist thriller. The film reunites Channing Tatum with the Magic Mike director, and in this latest collaboration he stars alongside Adam Driver, Daniel Craig and Riley Keough.
During our interview with Tatum we spoke to him about working with Soderbergh once again, and how the film may surprise some of Daniel Craig’s new fans.
“I don’t think a lot of Americans know his early work…and I think it’s going to be a big surprise for people to be ‘Whoa – that’s Bond?’. He steps into a role and completely stomps a mudhole in it.”
As well as giving us a fun new phrase Tatum also spoke about a film which is both highly anticipated, and seemingly hard to get off the ground. A couple of years ago the prospect appeared of the actor leading a new X-Men movie centred around the comic book character Gambit. A long time project over at Fox, the film was set to be directed by Doug Liman after Rupert Wyatt left the director’s chair. Recently Liman dropped the film and stepped over to take the reins on Justice League Dark.
Both times creative differences were stated as the reason for the directors leaving the comic book movie project. In talking about his jump to Justice League Dark Doug Liman expanded on his reasons for moving on.
“I look for a personal connection to the movies I make and it may not be immediately obvious…In every story, I have a personal connection… With ‘Gambit,’ I just never found that personal way in.”
This evening Tatum talked to us about what that meant for him, and for the film’s journey to the big screen. He confirmed that the obstacles to making the film have ended up helping the creative team to find the right tone. It also appears that the success of both Logan and Deadpool have given the Gambit movie a much needed sense of momentum, with Fox more likely to take a chance on a more visceral Gambit film.
Here’s what Tatum told us,
“We lit a fuse on the first one and just blew it completely out of the water. I think we got lucky – we got hit with some setbacks and it was all for a good reason. We were trying to do something completely different. We were trying to do something that this genre of movie hasn’t seen before. We kept running into the same problems, and then Deadpool and Logan came through and kicked the doors down. Now we’re really getting to do some of the things we’ve always wanted to do with the script – we’ve just sort of started over.”
You can watch the full interview below, and we’ll be bringing you more news on this film as it develops.