EW has confirmed that Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Escapist, The Gambler) will direct Gambit, the X-Men spin-off which has had Channing Tatum attached to star for months.
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.
The screenplay is based on a treatment by legendary Marvel Comics writer Chris Claremont, who with Jim Lee created the character for Marvel in 1990. The storyline is being kept under wraps.
Tatum is producing the film along with Reid Carolin, Lauren Schuler Donner, and Simon Kinberg, and it’s scheduled for release on Oct. 7, 2016.
Filming is expected to begin this October.