Back in November, producer/screenwriter Simon Kinberg confirmed that production on 20th Century Fox's X-Men spinoff Gambit will begin sometime this spring, describing the movie as a "sexy heist thriller." Channing Tatum is still set to star as the card-throwing title character, with Léa Seydoux portraying the female lead, Belladonna "Bella" Boudreaux. Today we have a new report from WGNO, which reveals that the movie will start production this March in New Orleans.
20th Century Fox previously issued an October 7, 2016 release date for Gambit, putting it up against Warner Bros.' The Accountant, Disney's The Girl on the Train and Lionsgate's Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life. Production was originally set to begin on Gambit last fall, but the production schedule shifted after director Rupert Wyatt (The Gambler) dropped out in September. The production got back on track with Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow), but the studio still hasn't issued a new release date for Gambit.
If principal photography does in fact begin in March, it seems highly unlikely that the studio can still meet its October 7 release date. The studio already has Wolverine 3 slated for release on March 3, 2017, which will mark Hugh Jackman's final performance as the title character. It's certainly possible that Gambit will be pushed to a later 2017 date, but the studio hasn't made an official announcement about the release date quite yet. Hopefully we'll learn more about this highly-anticipated adventure once production gets under way.
Gambit was first introduced on the big screen in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Taylor Kitsch first played the New Orleans-based Mutant. The superhero has the power to manipulate kinetic energy, and often uses playing cards against his victims, throwing them and turning them into tiny bombs mid-air. He is also known for fighting with his Bo staff.
Star Channing Tatum was on hand to present one of the awards at the Golden Globes last night, and the Twitter account Superhero Feed noticed that the actor's new hairstyle is quite reminiscent of Gambit's comic book look. Take a look at the photo below of both the actor and a comic book image of Gambit, and stay tuned for more details as Gambit gets ready to start production. Are you looking forward to this superhero spinoff?