Gambit, a spinoff of the X-Men film franchise, will debut on silver screens in 2016 according to multiple news sources.
The Hollywood Reporter said that Twentieth Century Fox scheduled a date for the movie starring the X-Men mutant.
“Gambit, starring Channing Tatum, is set for release Oct. 7, 2016. Joshua Zetumer wrote the screenplay.”
Variety added that Gambit, “will be Fox’s eighth X-Men movie,” and that the film will follow the May 27, 2016 release of X-Men: Apocalypse, which will be the next episode of the main X-Men movie franchise.
Channing Tatum is cast as the titular character in Gambit, and according to IMDB he also will appear as Gambit in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Deadline mentioned that Gambit will face competition from Monster High from Universal, and Live By Night from Warner Brothers when they all open in October of 2016. THR and Variety confirmed this information.
How do you say October 7, 2016 in Cajun?
— Channing Tatum (@channingtatum) January 6, 2015
CBR provided a smattering of details on what fans might see when the movie premieres.
“The Fox/Tatum courtship for ‘Gambit‘ has been very public with both parties speaking frequently and fondly about the possibility since last January. From there, Tatum has noted publicly that ‘We really do want to try our hardest to give something fresh. We’re obviously going to go to the saving the world superhero movies eventually, but maybe not for the first one. We kinda want to introduce this character in a different way. When you try to do something different, you never know right off the bat what that is.’”
The character of Gambit (aka: Remy LeBeau) last appeared on movie screens in 2009 when he played a part in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Taylor Kitsch portrayed the character.
Gambit was created in the pages of Marvel Comics. According to the official Marvel website he first appeared in 1990 in Uncanny X-Men #266. The Marvel website provides some background on Gambit and his mutant abilities.
“Gambit has the mutant ability to tap into the potential energy contained within an object and transform it into kinetic energy upon touching it. When Gambit thus charges an object and throws it at a target, the object releases this energy explosively on impact…. Gambit’s ability to tap energy also grants him superhuman agility and dexterity, as well as creating a static interference that shields his mind from detection and intrusion by even the most powerful telepaths. Gambit also possesses a hypnotic charm that allows him to exert a subtle influence over any sentient mind.”
The Inquisitr previously reported on Channing Tatum being cast as Gambit.
[Image via official Marvel website]