This time last year we got word that Magic Mike himself, AKA Channing Tatum, would take up the role of a particularly fan-favorite mutant within the X-Men franchise: the bayou-native gambler Gambit. Since then, his standalone film has been gestating without a director, but Deadline now reports that Rupert Wyatt has boarded the superhero franchise.
Wyatt last directed Mark Wahlberg in, ironically, The Gambler, and before that did a bang-up job rebooting Planet of the Apes with Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Wyatt will be taking over a script from Josh Zetumer (Robocop) and expects to begin production on Gambit in October.
Gambit first made an appearance in the X-Men universe in X-Men: Origins – Wolverine, when he was played by Taylor Kitsch, but this will be the first time the character’s real fan-service is due. It’s further expected that Tatum may appear as Gambit in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, which is likewise among Hugh Jackman’s last films in which he’ll portray Wolverine.