Gore Verbinski in Talks to Direct Channing Tatum in Gambit

Gore Verbinski in talks to direct Channing Tatum in Fox’s Gambit

20th Century Fox‘s X-Men spinoff Gambit may have a director. Pirates of the Caribbean and A Cure for Wellness director Gore Verbinski is in talks for Gambit, according to Deadline. The film is set to star Magic Mike‘s Channing Tatum as the titular mutant from New Orleans.

A number of names have been attached to Gambit before Gore Verbinski. Edge of Tomorrow‘s Doug Liman and Rise of the Planet of the Apes‘s Rupert Wyatt both dropped out. There were rumors of Frank Darabont (The Walking DeadThe Shawshank Redemption) taking the helm for a while as well.

In the Gambit adaptation, Channing Tatum will star as the titular mutant, a role he has been vying for for some time. He was to be joined by Lea Seydoux as the female lead of the film, Bella Donna Boudreaux, the daughter of the leader of the New Orleans Assassins’ Guild and Remy LeBeau’s first love, though she seems to have also fallen off the project. No release date for the film has been announced.

Created by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee in 1990, Gambit, a New Orleans native mutant, quickly became a fan favorite due to his kinetic energy manipulation abilities and penchant for stealing. The character’s only big screen appearance to date (outside his name being featured as an Easter egg in X2) was in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, played by Taylor Kitsch.

In addition to having Gambit on the way, Fox has New Mutants coming out on April 13, 2018, Deadpool 2 on June 1, 2018 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix on November 2, 2018.

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