Third time is the lucky charm for the Gambit solo film to start production and will be operating with a rather large budget, worth $155 million. The production will begin in March 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana, according to the city and state’s film offices.
The budget number was last reported back in 2012 that the production would cost $155 million. It may have increased or decreased since then. Regardless, the budget number is still a big number to work with. The production will be shooting under the working title, “Forevermore” with Pirates of the Carribeans’s Gore Verbinski at the director’s helm and 21 Jump Street star, Channing Tatum, starring as the “X-Men’ character, Remy Etienne LeBeau, also known as Gambit.
Here’s some background on Gambit as a X-Men character, LeBeau was first kidnapped from the hospital and raised by thieves. Therefore, hence the personality of not being able to have trust in other people. Gambit has powers that allows him to have the ability to create and manipulate pure kinetic energy. When he isn’t using his powers, he is a fellow Louisianan with a Cajun accent that is an professional card-thrower and likes to use a Bo staff.
In 2015, Rupert Wyatt was set to direct, but ran into a scheduling conflict. Doug Liman then replaced Wyatt in the director’s chair, but with script delays, it forced Liman to also leave the project. Which led to Verbinski as the lucky charm for the third time to give Fox the green light to move forward with the movie production.
While Tatum loves the X-Men characters, but it was Gambit, whom he pushed to play because he felt he more connected to the character than others. Tatum felt it was an interesting opportunity that he couldn’t afford to miss out on:
“I mean, I’ve loved them all, they’re all great, but I guess just being from down South, my dad’s from Louisiana [and] I’m from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida. I don’t know, I just [felt more] related to him. He’s a thief. He’s not even, like, a hero. He’s kind of walking the line of gray. He loves women and drinking and smoking and stuff, so he’s just a cool guy who happens to have a good moral center.”
Honestly, with Gambit barely going into production and the Disney-Fox deal officially done, there are things I hope will live up to our hopes: Tatum does right with the character, the movie sticks out and try to create more opportunities that allows Gambit to enter the MCU and stay for good.
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