New direc­tor for Gam­bit

The Sun (Malaysia) - - THE BIG PICTURE -

GORE VERBINSKI ( right) is re­port­edly in talks with Fox to take the helm of the up­com­ing X-Men spinoff, Gam­bit.

Since it was of­fi­cially an­nounced in 2015, Gam­bit has al­ready had two direc­tors – Ru­pert Wy­att ( Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Doug Li­man ( The Bourne Iden­tity).

But since Au­gust 2016, the movie has been with­out a direc­tor at the helm. But this could soon change.

Verbinski – who di­rected the three first Pi­rates of the Caribbean movies – has ap­par­ently been ap­proached to di­rect Chan­ning Ta­tum in the role of Remy LeBeau – aka Gam­bit – the New Or­leans mu­tant ca­pa­ble of cre­at­ing, con­trol­ling and ma­nip­u­lat­ing ki­netic en­ergy.

Gam­bit pre­vi­ously ap­peared on the big screen in 2009 movie X-Men Ori­gins: Wolver­ine, played by Taylor Kitsch.

Some ru­mours sug­gest Daniel Craig could take a role as a bad guy, while other ru­mours men­tion French ac­tress Léa Sey­doux.

Gam­bit will see Fox ex­pand its X-Men uni­verse a lit­tle fur­ther on the big screen.

Three movies about the Marvel mu­tants are set for 2018.

New Mu­tants, fea­tur­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of he­roes, is slated for re­lease on April 13, fol­lowed by Dead­pool 2 on June 1, and XMen: Dark Phoenix on Nov 2.

The lat­ter sees Jen­nifer Lawrence, Michael Fass­ben­der and James McAvoy re­turn to the fran­chise, now joined by Jes­sica Chas­tain. – AFP-Re­laxnews

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