Channing Tatum has said he is hoping the new Gambit film will celebrate the character as an anti-hero.
The 22 Jump Street star is in talks to play the X-Men character, a thief who uses his mutant power to mentally create, control and manipulate pure kinetic energy, in a spin-off movie.
Channing told MTV.com: "We've talked about it being a standalone, first, and actually trying to change the 'hero, superhero movie.' Because Gambit is not your typical hero. He's a thief ... I'm hoping we can change it a little bit, and then ultimately feather into the other ones."
The Hollywood hunk has long expressed his wish to play Gambit, aka Remy LeBeau the Ragin' Cajun, on the big screen, and it was recently revealed he had met with X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner to discuss the project.
Channing revealed: "Creatively, we're starting to chug forward. Obviously there's nothing [official]. There are only conversations and dreams right now, really.
"I've been pretty vocal about wanting to be the part of Gambit for a very long time. It's a weird, pinching-myself moment that we're even having the conversation.
"The machine of the Marvel world is so ginormous that it's literally like climbing a mountain, getting one of these movies made, and all of the pieces that go along with it."