While promoting a contest to win a trip to the Magic Mike XXL premiere through Omaze to raise money for the Runa Foundation, which preserves Amazonian farm communities, Channing Tatum announced that his character Gambit will not be seen in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse.
This is a great disappointment to fans who were hoping to see his first appearance as Gambit in Apocalypse. Audiences will not have to wait until the Gambit solo film that is scheduled to be released on October 7th, 2016.
Tatum also spoke about Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt, who will be directing the movie:
“We finally found someone that I really do believe wants to make Gambit. It will be the second standalone character. And I just really think because Gambit is not the most popular or the biggest hero, I think there’s a really unique opportunity. Marvel’s done a lot of great movies that have made a ridiculous amount of money, and it’s always good to figure how to change the form.”
Tatum has expressed previously that he plans on changing the superhero movie genre with Gambit:
“We’ve talked about it being a standalone, first, and actually trying to change the ‘hero, superhero movie.’ Because Gambit is not your typical hero. He’s a thief. He walks on the gray. I’m hoping we can change it a little bit, and then ultimately feather into the other ones.”
Making a bold statement like this, it’ll be interesting to see what direction this team will take the character, the movie and the genre into. I for one will be watching closely as will many others I expect.
Source: Geek Tyrant