A few months ago, we learned that Gambit is slated for a February 14, 2019 release, and according to Omega Underground, filming will begin March 19, 2018 in New Orleans at Big Easy Studios. This is the same studio where Logan and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes were shot.
Gambit is my favorite character from X-Men. He’s funny, has awesome powers and skills, and seems like he knows when to be serious. This is especially perfect for me since Rogue is my wife’s favorite character. Unfortunately, Gambit hasn’t had the best portrayal on the silver screen. That’s right, I used the singular version because for whatever reason he has only been in one of the X-Men movies, and it’s one of the most hated ones: X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Imagine my excitement though when I heard Gambit would get his own movie. I was ecstatic! Then I found out that he was going to be played by Channing Tatum and that brought down my enthusiasm a little. My main concern is honestly the accent. I’ve never heard Tatum pull off a Cajun accent and that’s one of the keys to being Gambit. Then you add a couple of directors leaving the project and you start to lose faith. However, I still want to see this movie! It's being directed by Gore Verbinski (The Ring, A Cure For Wellness) and I hope that it is good. It definitely has potential. This is the rumored plot that was previously released:
Remy Lebeau (Channing Tatum) is on trial in New-Orleans. He’s considered a huge security risk. We flashback to almost 25 years before. Master thief Luke Lebeau runs into eight-year-old Gambit while doing a heist. Impressed by his skills, he offers to take the mutant orphan under his wings. Raised alongside other strays he calls “cousins”, the teenage Gambit becomes the superstar of the Thief Guild. He encounters Bella Donna Boudreaux while on the run from the police. Sparks immediately fly since Bella is also a fellow mutant. Their love is directly prohibited by both families since the Boudreaux are sworn enemies of the Lebeau clan. Deciding to unite the two sides, Remy offers to have the two clans team up on a HUGE heist to profit both families. Of course, the whole plan goes awry, and in the chaos, Maryanne Boudreaux shoots and kill Luke Lebeau.
We jump to 10 years later; Gambit is hired to do a job in Paris to steal something from the Louvre Museum. It was apparently a test job to see if he still has it. His mysterious employer is revealed to be Nathaniel Essex a.k.a. Mr. Sinister. He offers Gambit 40 million to recover a mysterious trunk that was stolen by the Boudreaux clan. It will be auctioned off during the yearly Thieves Ball where all the criminal organizations in the world meet up. It uses New Orleans’ Mardi Gras celebrations as a cover. Gambit decides to enlist a crew of mutants to pull off this seemingly impossible heist…
Who's your favorite member of the X-Men? Are you excited for this movie?