The Gambit movie still plans on filming in New Orleans, despite constant delays in production. The upcoming X-Men spinoff had been stuck in development hell for quite some time, especially after losing two directors within a year. The project was all but dead earlier this year, but shortly after James Mangold’s Logan hit theaters this past spring, franchise producer Hutch Parker said that the studio had expressed keen interest in getting the ball rolling on the Remy LeBeau’s solo film once again.
After all this time, it seems like things are finally progressing smoothly. The spinoff film is expected to bow in February 2019, with Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski at the helm and with Channing Tatum still attached to play the Ragin’ Cajun. Although little is known about the film at this stage, we know that the movie is being described as a crime/heist movie, with the supervillain Candra potentially playing the story’s big bad. Regardless of what happens, it appears that the studio still plans on filming the movie in the character’s hometown of New Orleans.
Omega Underground reports that 20th Century Fox plans on filming the Gambit movie in New Orleans, LA, something that apparently hasn’t changed since March 2016, when the studio was last scheduled to roll cameras on the spinoff movie. Considering that the city and the region plays an integral role in the character’s history, it’s certainly good news that the studio plans on filming the movie there.
For those that don’t know, Remy LeBeau, aka Gambit, is a mutant who has the ability to manipulate objects, particularly playing cards, using kinetic energy. Aside from his superpowers, what makes the character unique is the fact that he’s from the U.S. state of Louisiana, something that he’s truly proud of. Furthermore, he possesses a thick Cajun accent, which is partially why Tatum campaigned for the role in the first place, considering that he’s from that region and his family has ties to New Orleans.
Although the Gambit movie will mark the character’s first solo debut, it won’t be his first live-action debut within the long-running X-Men franchise. LeBeau was originally played by Taylor Kitsch in Gavin Hood’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. However, the film was chastised by critics and audiences alike, and while the studio gave Ryan Reynolds another shot at playing Deadpool, they didn’t do the same for Kitsch. Tatum will, instead, play the eponymous character in Verbinski’s Gambit film, with Léa Seydoux presumably still signed on to play the female lead, Bella Donna Boudreaux.
KEY RELEASE DATES
New Mutants release date: Apr 13, 2018
Deadpool 2 release date: Jun 1, 2018
X-Men: Dark Phoenix release date: Nov 2, 2018
Gambit release date: Feb 14, 2019