Entertainment Weekly is reporting that director Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) has been chosen to direct the 2016 Gambit movie. The film stars Channing Tatum (Jupiter Ascending) in the titular role. The film will be produced by Tatum as well as Lauren Schuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, and Reid Carolin.
Gambit, a.k.a. Remy LeBeau is one of the most popular X-Men characters who, recently, made his debut into the cinematic universe of the franchise in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine then played by Taylor Kitsch (Battleship). This will be the characters first solo outing.
Gambit has the ability to mentally create, control, and manipulate pure kinetic energy to his desire. He is also incredibly knowledgeable and skilled in card-throwing, hand-to-hand combat, and the use of a staff. Gambit is known to charge playing cards and other objects with kinetic energy, using them as explosive projectiles. He was part of a thieves’ guild before becoming a member of the X-Men.
The film is set for an October 7, 2016 release.