Published On: Tue, Jun 16th, 2015

Rupert Wyatt hired to direct Channing Tatum in ‘Gambit’

Gambit set a leading man in Channing Tatum quite some time ago, and now it finally has a director as well in the Rise of the Planet of the Apes helmer Rupert Wyatt, who will take the reins for the X-Men spinoff.


EW reported the news as Wyatt returns to partner with Fox after the successful Planet of the Apes reboot with Rise, which earned excellent reviews and grossed $481 million worldwide, and successfully jump started a new Apes franchise.

Created by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee, Gambit a.k.a. Remy LeBeau made his comic book debut in 1990 and quickly became a fan favorite character. The mutant superhero has the power to charge objects (most often playing cards) with kinetic energy, making them explode. He’s also known for his sly, charismatic personality and his Cajun background, charmingly represented by a thick accent.

“While the character of Gambit, a.k.a. Remy LeBeau, appeared in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine and was played by Taylor Kitsch (True Detective), this will be the comic-book fan-favorite’s first solo outing. Gambit, who eventually becomes part of the X-Men team in the comics, has the ability to charge objects with energy (his favorite being playing cards), rendering them explosive,” their coverage summarized.

Gambit comic book 1993There are rumors Gambit could pop up in X-Men: Apocalypse, which opens a few months before Gambit, but Tatum has shot those down, and insisted he’d rather debut his version of the Ragin’ Cajun in the standalone movie.

Josh Zetumer (Robocop) scripted Gambit based on a treatment by X-Men creator Chris Claremont. Tatum told press earlier this year that Gambit would be an origin story, but one that plays around with the tropes of the genre. “There’s so many ways you can take [an origin story],” he said. “You could do it like Batman Begins, or a different take and go the Guardians of the Galaxy route. All I can say is, I’m super excited.”

As for Tatum’s specific conception of Gambit, here’s how he describes the character: “He’s kind of a tortured soul and he’s not a good guy. But he’s not a bad guy, either. He walks his own path. And of course he plays cards and drinks and is a martial-arts badass!”

Tatum will produce Gambit with his partner Reid Carolin, as well as X-Men vets Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg. Gambit is due in theaters October 7, 2016.

Gambit photo Marvel comics




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