Gambit to join Marvel movie universe – a little later than expected
As Ant-Man arrives in UK cinemas, gambling fans are looking forward to next year, when a hero who knows his way around a deck of cards should be coming our way.
Gambit will star Magic Mike’s Channing Tatum as a Cajun mutant with the ability to create and manipulate kinetic energy.
Because of this, anything he throws becomes lethal. And having been raised around the illegal gaming houses of New Orleans, it’s no surprise that playing cards are his weapon of choice.
Otherwise known as Remy Lebeau, Gambit was previously played by True Detective’s Taylor Kitsch in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
The character has also cropped up in various X-Men cartoons, occasionally being voiced by Phil Lamaar, aka Hermes Conrad in Futurama and the luckless Marvin in Pulp Fiction.
Gambit is tentatively scheduled to come out next summer. And by charming coincidence, the story of the card sharp extraordinaire will be told by British writer-director Rupert Wyatt who was responsible for the Mark Wahlberg-starring remake of The Gambler. Filmmakers that passed on the opportunity to shoot Gambit include Bennett Miller (Foxcatacher) Darren Aronofsky (Noah), JC Chandor (Margin Call) and Gareth Evans (Godzilla).
Comic-book fans might recall that Gambit isn’t Marvel’s only casino-friendly creation.
An alien human hybrid, Jack Of Hearts debuted in the late ‘70s. Sadly, he didn’t really catch on. But now Gambit is go, what chance the two teaming up to rout evildoers?
Gambit, real name Remy Etienne LeBeau, is a mutant, with the power to create and manipulate kinetic energy. His weapon of choice is a deck of playing cards, which he charges with energy before using them as projectiles, but he’s also skilled in the use of a staff and hand-to-hand combat.
Before finding his way to the X-Men, he was part of a thieves’ guild, which should surprise no one who has ever encountered the character in the comic book pages – the suave and confident ladies’ man would have no qualms about taking things that are not his! That Cajun accent also no doubt helps him get what he’s after. Gambit’s a proud Louisianan, through and through.
It took some time for the X-Men to trust Gambit, whose flexible approach to the ethical use of his powers grated on other members. In time, he would form strong relationships with other mutants, particularly Rogue.
Update – Alas, it now appears that we will have to wait until 2017 to become reacquainted with Marvel’s card-weilding mutant. The reason for this is that Rupert Wyatt has dropped out the project. However, since his replacement is Doug Liman (Swingers, Go, The Bourne Identity, Edge Of Tomorrow), we remain hopeful that the film will be more Avengers Assemble than Fantastic Four.
Updated on 10th April 2019