Little by little details of the upcoming Gambit movie starring Channing Tatum are finally coming to light. The film has been through its ups and downs, but it finally looks like the project is getting on its feet.
We can confirm the Gambit film will begin to film on location in New Orleans this coming March. In a report from the Times-Picayune, the film’s working title will be Forevermore. While a budget for the film has not been reported, a 2015 filing with Louisiana’s state film office reported it had a $155 million budget. $112 million was earmarked for in-state spending with $28.1 million for Louisiana payroll.
The movie has already assembled a pretty health staff and cast. Pirates of the Caribbean‘s Gore Verbinski will direct the project with Channing Tatum pulling double duty as star and producer. Variety reported “Masters of Sex” star Lizzy Caplan would join the project as the female lead, but details of her character and what role she will play have been kept under wraps.
Splashreport revealed possible plot details:
Remy Lebeau (Channing Tatum) is on trial in New Orleans. He’s considered a huge security risk. We flashback to almost 25 years before. Master thief Luke Lebeau runs into eight-year-old Gambit while doing a heist. Impressed by his skills, he offers to take the mutant orphan under his wings. Raised alongside other strays he calls ‘cousins’, the teenage Gambit becomes the superstar of the Thief Guild. He encounters Bella Donna Boudreaux while on the run from the police. Sparks immediately fly since Bella is also a fellow mutant. Their love is directly prohibited by both families since the Boudreaux are sworn enemies of the Lebeau clan. Deciding to unite the two sides, Remy offers to have the two clans team up on a HUGE heist to profit both families. Of course, the whole plan goes awry, and in the chaos, Maryanne Boudreaux shoots and kill Luke Lebeau.
We jump to 10 years later; Gambit is hired to do a job in Paris to steal something from the Louvre Museum. It was apparently a test job to see if he still has it. His mysterious employer is revealed to be Nathaniel Essex a.k.a. Mr. Sinister. He offers Gambit 40 million to recover a mysterious trunk that was stolen by the Boudreaux clan. It will be auctioned off during the yearly Thieves Ball where all the criminal organizations in the world meet up. It uses New Orleans’ Mardi Gras celebrations as a cover. Gambit decides to enlist a crew of mutants to pull off this seemingly impossible heist…
Disney buying Fox is not expected to influence this film as it moves forward in production. However, Gambit’s performance once it does come to theaters could influence whether or not Disney wants to continue to pursue Gambit oriented films.
While there is no hint whether or not this will be an R-Rated film, the character can definitely lean that way. It’s possible Gambit may join Deadpool in Disney’s proposed Marvel R-Rated brand which Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed in a conference call with investors after the Fox/Disney deal was announced. Now with Disney buying out Fox last week. We might see now a more concentrated effort to move this project forward.
Gambit is expected to open Valentine’s Day 2019.