Gore Verbinski No Longer Directing Gambit Movie, Starring Channing Tatum

Director Gore Verbinski has pulled out of the Gambit movie, starring Channing Tatum

Director Gore Verbinski (Rango) has pulled out of the upcoming Gambit film starring Channing Tatum, according to Deadline. The director had been in negotiations for the film, which has been in development for years. Verbinski reportedly left the picture on good terms. The departure was due to scheduling conflicts and Tatum is still set to star.

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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.

Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex) recently took on the role of Bella Donna Boudreaux, the daughter of the leader of the New Orleans Assassins’ Guild and Remy LeBeau’s first love. Lea Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest ColorSpectre) was previously attached to play the role in the film until a bout of delays hit the project.

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.

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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.

What do you think of Gore Verbinski no longer directing the Gambit movie? Who would you like to see take over for him? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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