Originally Posted by Angamb
Emma was a cameo, basically. Gambit a stronger supporting role, heavily promoted, along with Reynolds, but Gambit is actually one of the most famous X-Men and a big favorite.
And Fox and producers seem to keep Ryan Reynolds involved in the delayed Deadpool. So if they change the history or origin of Origins Deadpool, but with the same actor, they can easily change little things about Gambit, while keeping the same actor too.
Both actors would give continuity to the franchise and both can work with Hugh again, developing their relationships. It all works better for the narrative. It feels more cohesive as a long journey.
An if Fox continues with original cast for more than one movie, and Hugh decides to stop, Cyclops and Gambit are more than enough to carry the future, along with the rest of the crew and some new comers.
Cyclops and Gambit having leading roles with great material can please the audience pretty fine. They are two big favorites of the universe, so Fox can take advantage of them and their relationships with the rest.
Okay, but how could they keep the same actor? Deadpool ages like Wolverine, so it's OK to keep Reynolds.
But Gambit? Kitsch can't play a 50+ years old Gambit and I nobody wants to see a 50+ years old Gambit.