There is seemingly good news arriving for the upcoming Gambit standalone adaptation, another spinoff for the X-Men franchise but one that has been facing difficulties since the past two years in getting off the ground.
According to a new report from Omega Underground earlier today, the troubled superhero project has received a new production date. If the source is to be believed then Gambit has been slated to begin principal photography on June 19 unless some new development occurs in the coming months.
The scheduled production also means that 20th Century Fox has managed to find a new director for the movie and who should be officially announced soon.
It is quite bizarre but Gambit has so far cycled through three directors in the past two years. Gore Verbinski was the latest one to depart after coming on board in October. Prior to him were Rupert Wyatt and Doug Liman, both of whom left in 2016. The common reason has been regarding script issues and creativity freedom.
The estranged sequence of events has only forced 20th Century Fox to push the release date further. Gambit was initially pegged to open in theaters on February 14, 2019, before being delayed to June 7, 2019. The most recent hiatus is suspected to have moved the release date further back by a few months. Though, an official confirmation remains pending. For the time being, expect Gambit to premiere around late 2019.
Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street) will take on the titular role of Remy LeBeau, a powerful mutant with the ability to charge any object with kinetic energy that explodes on impact. Léa Seydoux (Spectre) will join the cast as Bella Donna Boudreaux, a childhood friend of LeBeau. Mr. Sinister is said to be the chief antagonist but an actor is yet to be confirmed.
Gambit is not the only delayed X-Men spinoff that 20th Century Fox is currently dealing with. The New Mutants has already been delayed thrice and is now scheduled to release on August 2, 2019.