Rupert Wyatt Will Direct ‘Gambit’ For 20th Century Fox

By June 16, 2015

We’ve known for awhile now that 20th Century Fox’s plans to expand their X-Men film franchise have included a new project focusing on Remy LaBeau, aka the X-Man Gambit. We’ve also known that actor Channing Tatum would be embodying the smooth talking Cajun, and that the film is likely to come sooner rather than later. Now, the project has a helmer, and will likely go into active production even sooner than expected.

According to Entertainment Weekly, director Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) has taken the reins of Fox’s Gambit, which will star Tatum in the title role. While Gambit appeared in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine as played by actor Taylor Kitsch, the events of last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past have irrevocably altered the film series’ continuity, and will feature a new iteration of the fan-favorite character, and will likely also have some noticeable differences form the version Kitsch played in 2009. Rumors continue to persist that Tatum wll make his debut as Gambit in next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, but those rumors are as-yet unconfirmed.

Gambit will be produced by Tatum and his partner Reid Carolin, as well as longtime X-Men franchise producer Lauren Shuler-Donner and Days of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg. It will be released on October 7th, 2016. For more on Gambit as the project continues to take form, keep an eye on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • Jason

    wooh, can’t wait to see a movie dedicated to Remy LaBeau, I am not sure Channing Tatum is the best guy for the role though

    • Jane Keating

      I dunno, he is producing it too so I think he will do very well in this role to be honest!

  • Andy Spears

    great stuff, am happy to hear its gonna start getting underway ASAP! I really like Gambit!