Monday, 25 January 2016

X-Men spin-off Gambit set to start shooting this March

Back in November, producer and screenwriter Simon Kinberg confirmed that production on 20th Century Fox's X-Men spin-off Gambit will begin sometime this spring, describing the movie as a "sexy heist thriller." Channing Tatum (White House Down) is set to star as the titular card throwing character, with Léa Seydoux (Blue Is The Warmest Colour) portraying the female lead, Belladonna 'Bella' Boudreaux. Now news arrives via WGNO that the movie will start production this March in New Orleans.

20th Century Fox previously announced a 7 October 2016 release date for Gambit, putting it up against Warner Bros' The Accountant, Walt Disney Pictures' 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 autumn, but the production schedule shifted after director Rupert Wyatt (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) dropped out in September. The production got back on track with Doug Liman (Edge Of Tomorrow), but the studio has yet to issue a new release date for the film.

If principal photography goes ahead in March, it seems highly unlikely that the studio can still meet its 7 October release date. The studio already has the next Wolverine standalone slated for release on 3 March 2017, which will mark Hugh Jackman's final performance as the title character. It is 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 will learn more about this highly anticipated adventure once production gets under way.

Gambit was first introduced on the big screen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), with Taylor Kitsch as 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.

Channing Tatum was on hand to present one of the awards at the Golden Globes last week, and the Twitter account Superhero Feed noticed that the actor's new hairstyle is remarkably similar to Gambit's comic book look. Take a look at the photo below of both the actor and a comic book image of Gambit, and watch this space for more details as Gambit gets ready to start production.

Gambit is currently set to arrive 7 October.

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