Gambit

Doug Liman to Direct ‘Gambit’?

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Gambit, the latest X-Men franchise spin-off starring Channing Tatum, has recently lost its director. No one’s throwing down their cards, though; instead, they’re signaling an SOS to The Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman. Liman has never helmed a comic book property before, but was considered for Watchmen. Perhaps it’s the action-packed films like Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Jumper in his resume that hint at his potential. (more…)

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The bad news just doesn’t end in the world of comic book movies. Today, reports have emerged stating that Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Gambler) who was set to direct Gambit, has walked away from the movie. First Channing Tatum leaves the project, then Tatum signs on to the project. Then there are stories of script issues. Finally, this happens. At this point, it’ll be a miracle if the movie ever gets done. So what gives? The answer is a lot simpler than you think. (more…)

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Thanks to the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, movie studios around Hollywood have been doing their best to recreate that golden goose by creating a shared universe between their properties.  Marvel has a hell of a head start but with the DC Expanded Universe starting to ramp up and with the Universal Monsters doing their best to share some screen time, it may only be a matter of time before the Marvel formula becomes a staple for Hollywood blockbusters.  Over at FOX, the men behind the curtain are finally getting on board with this idea, and not a moment too soon.  FOX happens to own many of Marvel’s most popular characters and, until now, each of those franchises has remained in their own sandbox.  It appears that producer Simon Kinberg, who produces many Marvel properties for FOX, has a grand plan for Deadpool, Gambit, and X-Men to crossover.  Feel free to cheer. (more…)

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Nothing starts a morning off right like news of badass ladies up for a badass role in a badass movie. The shortlist is out for the female lead in Gambit, and it does not disappoint. Among the trio of names is Rebecca Ferguson, who you may have most recently spotted in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. And spoiler alert: Ferguson isn’t the only Mission Impossible alum on the list!

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The idea of Channing Tatum playing Gambit has always been a pretty weird one. Ever since the project was announced last year, it’s been hard to imagine the role of the card throwing, mutant, thief, down from the bayou being portrayed by Magic Mike. Despite the bizarre casting choice, Tatum has slowly been winning over doubtful fans via the many interviews in which he’s expressed his love and passion for the X-Men character. Regardless of the actor being a fanboy, it was pretty odd seeing Tatum up on stage at San Diego Comic Con’s Hall H building hype around the 2016 X-men spin-off and taking a selfie with Stan Lee. He just doesn’t fit the part.

Whether or not you’ve been sold on the premise of Channing Tatum playing the fan-favorite Cajun mutant, it looks like production is in troubled waters. The film is reportedly close to losing its lead star. (more…)

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Fox is firing up the preproduction for Gambit, an X-Men-franchise film set to start Channing Tatum in the title role.  Taking what had been established in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and likely throwing it all out the window (along with that film’s Deadpool persona, even though that character was played by Ryan Reynolds and will be played by Reynolds again in the Deadpool solo film), the new solo-star film should start shooting in the last few months of this year.  Today we get word that a casting call has gone out for several of the film’s main characters.

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As the convention hall doors prepare to close on another sensory-overload edition of the most media-heavy nerd gathering in the known universe, we here at NBHQ thought it would be wise to take a quick trip down Recent-Memory Lane by recapping some of the craziest, zaniest, and most mind-blowing-y moments of SDCC15.  As with all forms of public opinion, this list is not meant to be all-inclusive or definitive, but simply a gathering of some of the cool stuff that transpired.  Enjoy!

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Channing Tatum is one of the world’s most beloved male actors, though it is pretty easy to assume that his legions of fans may not necessarily be chasing him so that he can throw down a line from “Macbeth”.  Still, after his award winning turn in Foxcatcher, audiences are a bit more excited to see his take on everyone’s favorite Cajun X-Man, Gambit.  With X-Men: Apocalypse quickly approaching, many were hoping that audiences would be treated to a scene with the Ragin’ Cajun when the mutants return to the big screen on May 26, 2016.  Unfortunately, Tatum has officially killed those hopes.  According to a recent Reddit AMA, Tatum has confirmed, in no uncertain terms, that Gambit will not be appearing with his X-Men brethren any time soon. (more…)