With Fox’s X-Men franchise branching out its universe with spin-offs such as Deadpool and The New Mutants, one film that has been frequently delayed since it was first announced is Gambit, with Channing Tatum starring as the Cajun mutant. Now, however, 20th Century Fox has finalized a release date for the film. Following Deadpool‘s ‘romantic’ lead, Gambit will be released on February 14th, 2019.
It was reported just a few days ago that Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski was in talks for Gambit with the studio potentially eyeing Daniel Craig for the role of the villain Mister Sinister. Gambit was previously set to be directed Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow), but they both left the project due to “creative differences”.
While the plot is unknown, Gambit has been described as “the Ocean’s 11 of the comic book genre” and will reference X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men Apocalypse while Tatum revealed they decided to readjust the film’s scope in the wake of Deadpool and Logan‘s success. If Sinister is involved in the film’s plot, we may finally get a follow up to his tease from Apocalypse’s post-credit scene.
Meanwhile, Fox will release three X-Men films next year. New Mutants is scheduled for April 13th, 2018 and Deadpool 2 on June 1st, 2018 while X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the next chapter of the main franchise, is scheduled for November 2nd, 2018.