Tuesday, 30 June 2015

No Gambit for X-Men: Apocalypse

While the 1980s setting for Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014) follow-up, X-Men: Apocalypse, made it unlikely that Channing Tatum's (White House Down) Gambit would be introduced in the movie, we still had our fingers crossed that some sort of crossover would be possible. Now Tatum himself, however, has shot the idea down.

Answering questions during a lively, funny, and at times honest (Jupiter Ascending anyone?) Reddit Ask Me Anything session, Tatum tackled the subject of whether his take on the roguish mutant gambler and kinetic card thrower would show up in Singer's latest X adventure. "No ma'am, or sir. I definitely will not," was his quickly typed reply.

But he did at least explain his hopes for the standalone spin-off, now that the film has a director attached. "We finally found someone (Rupert Wyatt) that I really do believe wants to make [the movie]," he wrote. "I just really think because Gambit is not the most popular or the biggest hero, I think there's a really unique opportunity. Marvel's done a lot of great movies that have made a ridiculous amount of money, and it's always good to figure how to change the form." Interesting... So the Gambit film might not just be a standard superhero outing, which certainly seems possible given Wyatt's presence in the director's chair.

Gambit, which has been written by Josh Zetumer (RoboCop), is scheduled to arrive in UK cinemas on 7 October next year.

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