Omega Underground has just revealed that upcoming X-Men movie ‘Gambit’ begins filming in New Orleans on March 19th.
Channing Tatum stars in the film as Remy LeBeau, the mutant thief called Gambit. Gore Verbinski will direct the film, with the plot centered around Gambit leading a motley mutant crew on a dangerous heist.
Tatum has spoken out about what makes him love the character, saying:
“There wasn’t a comic store, but the cartoon was on TV and he was this cool Cajun guy. And he was the easiest person to play as a kid because you could just unscrew the broom handle, get a pack of cards and wrap a bandana around your head. We had a lot of fun throwing cards and trying to take our friends’ eyes out across the living room. He is just cool, man. He is one of the few superheroes that has an actual culture to him. He doesn’t talk like a vanilla American. He is from a specific geo-location, New Orleans, which is a really specific thing.”
He continued, saying:
“Gambit is really the only X-Man I’ve ever loved. I mean, I’ve loved them all, they’re all great, but I guess just being from down South — my dad’s from Louisiana, I’m from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida — I don’t know, I just related to him.”
Chris Claremont and Jim Lee created Gambit in 1990, and many fans were first exposed to the gruff character through the 1990s ‘X-Men: Animated Series.’ He has the ability to charge objects with kinetic energy, causing them to explode. Though he joined the X-Men, Gambit remained a rascal, and his ill-fated romance with Rogue made him an instant hit with fans.
‘Gambit’ is slated to open in theaters on February 14, 2019. Other upcoming X-Men movies include ‘The New Mutants’ on April 13th, the untitled ‘Deadpool’ sequel on June 1st, and ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ on November 2nd.