Producer Simon Kinberg once noted that people think Deadpool came out of thin air when, in fact, it took closer to a decade to get made. One hopes that the wait will be just as worthwhile for Gambit, 20th Century Fox’s next solo film in the Deadpool and Logan vein and which has been simmering in production for years.
Gambit is becoming an extreme example, burning through directors like Remy’s playing cards, and shuffling release dates just the same.
Gambit Release Date
Gambit has been moved around the schedule so many times that nobody knows whether it will ever actually get released. But as of right now, it has once again been granted a new release date, this time for March 13, 2020.
We’ll see if it ever actually happens.
Gambit has been a movie that Channing Tatum has been striving to make with 20th Century Fox for a good while now. Longtime X-Men producer Laura Shuler Donner first expressed interest in nabbing Tatum for the role in early 2014 after Tatum publicly said Gambit was his favorite superhero growing up. Tatum signed on to play Remy LeBeau back in May 2014.
Around the time of Tatum first pursued Gambit, he told MTV that he “would die” to play the Ragin’ Cajun. Says Tatum, “Gambit is really the only X-Man I’ve ever loved… I mean, I’ve loved them all, they’re all great, but I guess just being from down South–my dad’s from Louisiana, I’m from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida–I don’t know, I just related to him.”
Meanwhile the only other known casting in the film is Master of Sex‘s Lizzy Caplan in what was described in the trades as “the lead female role.” While Fox has elected to be more secretive with their superhero films in recent years, and have thus been mum about who exactly Caplan is playing, it is not hard to imagine she is portraying Bella Donna Boudreaux, the leader of the New Orleans based Assassins Guild in the comics, and the woman whom Remy was forced to marry at an early age before he skipped town after the wedding to join the X-Men. The role was previously cast in another iteration of the film with Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color, Spectre) in the part of Bella Donna. However, Seydoux does not appear to be attached ot the film any longer.
Gambit has been coming for some time now. Tatum again first signed onto the film in May 2014, expressing interest in doing a solo film that would be more in line with a heist picture before rolling Remy up into the currently cosmic shenanigans occurring in the X-Men movies.
Tatum and producers have long described Gambit as being more of a heist film than a traditional superhero movie. Producer Simon Kinberg even said to Collider in 2015, “The X-Men movies are dramatic and almost operatic, whereas Deadpool is irreverent and hysterical, and sort of a dirty R-rated comedy in many ways. And Gambit will have its own different flavor and tone to it, will be more of like a heist movie and a sexy thriller in a way.”