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Gambit is a planned spin-off of the X-Men film Series, focusing on the character of Gambit. Taylor Kitsch was originally going to reprise his role as Gambit for the spin-off. Producer Lauren Shuler Donner declared that Gambit is one of her favorite X-Men characters, and a film for him would be considered depending on the success of Wolverine and said earlier that there were studio talks going on about a possible Gambit film. Actor Channing Tatum will be portraying the character in the film. It is slated to be released on June 7, 2019, and will be the fourteenth installment in the X-Men film series.

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In a new interview with Gambit fansite The Joker and The Queen, Kitsch elaborates a little more on what he wants to see next from the character, a card-playing Cajun from New Orleans whose real name is Remy LeBeau.

For a start, Kitsch hinted that he wants to see Gambit riding a motorbike. Asked if he'd like the comic book character's trademark fingerless gloves added to his next film appearance, he said: "Yah, I would like the fingerless gloves...wasn't right for Wolverine scenes but definitely under the right circumstance...maybe riding his motorcycle."

And on the best part of playing Gambit: "Tough question... I think it's many of his characteristics that make him so great and like no other.

"Personally I love to play the part of Remy that you just don't know what he's going do next. He's incredibly unpredictable.

"Just playing that part alone leads to high stakes and many great moments. The dark part of him is something I feel needs to be explored more as well and also his charm.

"See what I mean? Tough question. Remy keeps you guessing... I feel you got to see a flash of Remy mostly in the Casino scene - favorite part to play thus far."

In an interview with Empire Magazine in 2014, Lauren Shular Donner has an interest on Channing Tatum to play Gambit in a solo film, and stated "I’m dying to do a Gambit movie with Channing Tatum". Donner declared that Gambit is one of her favorite X-Men characters, and a film for him would be considered depending on the success of Wolverine.[3][4]

Lauren Donner says, "That doesn’t have to be a great big movie. It’s a thief in New Orleans,[5] it’s a whole different story. He’s on board, and I have to get the studio on board. How can anyone resist Channing? He’s such a sweetheart."

Channing Tatum says, "I would like to play Gambit. Gambit’s my favourite. I’m from New Orleans, around that area. My dad’s from New Orleans, and I like to do a Cajun accent. I could do it for real… No knock on Taylor Kitsch, though, ’cause I actually like his Gambit, but I’ve always lived around Cajun people. Gambit was always like the woman-loving, cigarette-smoking, drinking guy. He was the punk rock of all the superheroes. He’s a thief. He kind of rode the line."

In a newpaper interview, Taylor Kitsch who played Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine states that he has no problem with the idea of Channing Tatum taking over the role.

“If he does it, good on him,” he told the Chicago Tribune. “He’ll kill it. It’s such cool character. Whoever plays him will be a lucky guy. I’m not going to be like ‘Oh my God, why don’t I get to play him?’ If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be,”[6] Kitsch added. “And if not, I’ll move on. If they cast [Tatum], I wish him nothing but the best. I hope he kicks the [crap] out of it."

Tatum has confirmed in a interview with MTV that he will have a meeting with Donnor about the character.

Donner confirmed at the world premiere of X-Men: Days of Future Past, that Tatum will be portraying the character, Gambit, and will be appearing first in X-Men: Apocalypse, and the stand alone solo film with Simon Kinberg producing.[7][8][9]

During an interview on MTV News Channing Tatum confirmed that he is in conversation to star in the Gambit solo movie before X-Men: Apocalypse. This could possibly mean that the Gambit movie would be released in 2015 if it does happen.

In October 2014, Tatum revealed that a solo film is in development and they were looking for a write, he also hinted the possibility of "Gambit" film, which Fox had set a date July 18, 2018 as an untitled film.[10] Fox then officially announced that that Gambit was moving forward and Tatum was attached to star as Gambit, with a script from Josh Zetumer based off a treatment by longtime X-Men scribe Chris Claremont, and Tatum will co-produce the film with his Free Association producing partner, Reid Carolin.[11]

In January 2015, it was reported that the film is scheduled for an October 7, 2016 release.[12]

It was revealed that Bennett Miller, Darren Aronofsky, Gareth Evans and J. C. Chandor were all offered by Tatum to direct the spin-off but turned down the chance to direct.[13][14][15]

On June 15, 2015, it was revealed that Doug Liman will be directing, and Entertainment Weekly reported that Rupert Wyatt will direct the film.[16] Tatum answered a Reddit question and stated that his character won't be in X-Men: Apocalypse.[17][18][19] Joe Cornish and Shane Black will direct the film alongside Liman.[20][21] Carolin told Screen Rant that filming will start in October or November in New Orleans, Louisiana.[22][23]

On August 1, 2015, Tatum was confirmed to star and produce the film, with the opition for him to be involved in other X-Men films.[24] On August 6, Deadline reported that the studio are looking at actresses Rebecca Ferguson, Léa Seydoux and Abbey Lee for the role of Bella Donna Boudreaux, but Deadline reported on August 18, 2015, Ferguson dropped out to work on the film The Girl on the Train, which leaves Seydoux and Lee still in the running. It was announced by Deadline on August 24, 2015 that Seydoux is cast as Bella Donna.[25][26][27]

On September 16, 2015, Wyatt has dropped out as director of the film due to schedule conflicts.[28]

In October 2015, Deadline and Heroic Hollywood reports that Doug Liman, Joe Cornish and Shane Black are the contenders to direct the film.[29][30][31] On November 12, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter has reports that Liman is in final negotiations to direct the film.[32] Kinberg said that he hopes to start filming next spring.[33] Filming will start in March 2016, but production is delayed till late 2016.[34][35][36] It was announced that the film is out of the October 7, 2016 release date.[37]

On August 24, 2016 it was reported that Liman left the project to work on Justice Laehue Dark instead. It was announced that filming will start sometime at the beginning of Spring 2017 with a new filmmaker.[38][39]

On November 9, 2016, Kinberg announced to The Hollywood Reporter that they will start production after Tatum finished shooting Logan Lucky with a new filmmaker.[40]

In December 2016, a rumor reports that Frank Darabont will re-write and direct the film.[41]

While at the Television Critics Association 2017 press tour promoting TV series Legion, Donner confirmed that Tatum is indeed still attached to star in the film.[42][43]

In February 2017, Kinberg said the film is in development.[44]

In May 2017, Hutch Parker has stated that the film is still part of their plan.[45]

In August 2017, Tatum has stated to Hey U Guys that the film is now being rewriting after the success of both Deadpool and Logan.[46]

In October 2017, Splash Report reported that British actor Daniel Craig is in talks to play the films main villian, Mr. Sinister. [47] That same month, Deadline reports that Gore Verbinski is in talks to direct the film, which was described as a "high priority" for Fox.[48][49] A week later, on October 12, Fox stated to Deadline that Gambit has been set for a Valentine's Day February 14, 2019 release date and with Gore Verbinski officially set to direct.[50]

On January 11 2018, after pre-production on the film was underway, Verbinski withdrew from the project due to scheduling conflicts.[51] On the same day, Fox moved the release date of Gambit to June 7, 2019, 4 months from it's original release date: February 14, 2019. Since Gore Verbinski exited as director for the film, the search for a replacement is underway. But studio insiders believe the project, which is described as having a heavy comedic tone revolving around a heist, will do better as a summer Marvel movie.[1]

References

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  2. X-Men Movies: What Fox's Upcoming Schedule Could Look Like
  3. X-Men Producer Lauren Shuler Donner On A Channing Tatum Gambit Movie
  4. IESB Exclusive: Lauren Shuler Donner on the Future of Gambit and Deadpool
  5. X-Men Producer Wants A Gambit Movie Starring Channing Tatum
  6. The Lego Movie's Channing Tatum Gets Support For Gambit Role From Taylor Kitsch
  7. Lauren Shuler Donner confirms Channing Tatum Gambit casting
  8. Channing Tatum to Play Gambit in X-Men Spinoff
  9. Simon Kinberg on ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ ‘The Fantastic Four’ Reboot, and Black Superheroes
  10. Channing Tatum Talks Gambit Movie Progress
  11. Channing Tatum’s ‘X-Men’ Character ‘Gambit’ Spinoff Moving Forward
  12. Channing Tatum’s ‘Gambit’ Gets 2016 Release Date; ‘Fantastic Four’ Sequel Moves Up
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  14. Comic Strip: ‘Fantastic Four’ Drama, ‘Suicide Squad’ Monsters and Other News to Ponder
  15. Entourage News, World War Z 2, and El Mayombe! - May 22nd, 2015 - Meet the Movie Press
  16. Exclusive: Rupert Wyatt To Direct Channing Tatum's X-Men Film
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  18. Channing Tatum Talks Gambit And If He'll Be In X-Men: Apocalypse
  19. TATUM SAYS, "GAMBIT LENDS HIMSELF TO A DIFFERENT STYLE OF SUPERHERO FILM"
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  21. The Top 3 Contenders To Direct 'Gambit'
  22. 'Magic Mike XXL' Writer on The Sequel, 'Gambit' & 'Ghostbusters'
  23. Marvel: “Gambit” Movie with Channing Tatum Looks a Go for October Start Date
  24. Channing Tatum Closes His 'Gambit' Deal (Exclusive)
  25. Rebecca Ferguson, Lea Seydoux, Abbey Lee On 'Gambit' Short List
  26. 'Mission: Impossible's Rebecca Ferguson Catches 'The Girl on The Train'
  27. Lea Seydoux Gets 'Gambit' Lead Offer, Opposite Channing Tatum
  28. ‘Gambit’ Solo Movie Loses Director Rupert Wyatt
  29. Bart & Fleming: Why Jennifer Lawrence's Ballsy 'American Hustle' Payday Rant Isn't Anatomically Corret
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  31. The Top 3 Contenders To Direct 'Gambit'
  32. Doug Liman Near Deal to Direct Channing Tatum's 'Gambit'
  33. Gambit Is a “Heist Movie” and “Sexy Thriller” Says Producer Simon Kinberg
  34. South News with Jabari: What’s to come in 2016 & a Casting Call
  35. Gambit Movie to Begin Production in March
  36. Doug Liman in Talks to Direct Sniper Thriller ‘The Wall’ for Amazon Due to ‘Gambit’ Delay
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  38. 'X-Men' Spinoff 'Gambit' Loses Its Director (Exclusive)
  39. Doug Liman to Direct ‘Dark Universe’ for DC, Warner Bros. (EXCLUSIVE)
  40. Fox's X-Men Issues: Jennifer Lawrence Unsigned, 'Deadpool' Defections, 'Gambit' on Hold
  41. BIG RUMOR: Frank Darabont Might Be Directing and Rewriting ‘Gambit’
  42. Gambit: Channing Tatum Still Attached To Star
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  44. X-Men Producer Simon Kinberg Provides Major Gambit Update
  45. X-Men Movie Producer Talks Franchise Challenges & Bold Future
  46. Exclusive: Channing Tatum confirms his Gambit movie is being re-written following the success of Deadpool & Logan
  47. Exclusive: Does Daniel Craig Have a "Lucky Bond" with Gambit
  48. Gore Verbinski To Direct ‘Gambit’ With Channing Tatum At Fox
  49. Gore Verbinski in Talks to Direct Channing Tatum's 'X-Men' Spinoff 'Gambit'
  50. Channing Tatum's X-Men spin-off Gambit lands director, release date
  51. Gore Verbinski Pulls Off Of ‘Gambit’ Movie