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‘X-Men’ Spinoff ‘Gambit’ Pulls the Ace of Spades!

Fox’s X-Men spinoff, Gambit, is gaining momentum as Lizzy Caplan is in talks to be the first to star alongside previously announced Channing Tatum, Variety reports. While details of her part are being kept under wraps, she is in the fact the female lead.

Tatum stars as Gambit, a ragin’ Cajun whose ability to control kinetic energy enables him to weaponize playing cards and other projectiles. He’s also pretty handy with a bō staff. In the comics, Gambit was a member of thieves guild before joining the X-Men.

Pirates of the Caribbean and The Ring director Gore Verbinski will slide behind the camera on the film. It’s eyeing a Feb. 14, 2019 debut. Fox is releasing the film as part of its continued expansion of the cinematic mutant universe.

Caplan is an Emmy nominee for “Masters of Sex,” the acclaimed Showtime drama about sex researchers that aired from 2013 to 2016. Her film credits include Cloverfield, 127 Hours, Now You See Me 2, and Allied. Her upcoming films include The Disaster Artist and Extinction, a science-fiction thriller film with Michael Pena.



  • The chicken man

    Marvel is slowly taking over the world, and you all are letting it happen!


    • Jay Bennett

      Soon the entire movie industry will be ran by Disney [dun dun dun]

      • John Connor

        Find a big mirror and have a look at your ass.
        That’s a Disney trademark, bitch.

      • Rocky Chodha

        I think FOX will hold out, they’ve had success with the Graphic nature of these characters and storylines.

        Disney wouldn’t risk themselves for this type of Entertainment, I do want, Disney Purchasing the rights back for F4, cause FOX can’t do what DISNEY DOES, i don’t see FOX giving back Xmen Related stuff, and I think Marvel would like to keep it that way as well, for ADULT Oriented Fans.

        • Atlier00

          Disney has several distributors that they own and use for films that don’t fall under family friendly content. For example, they own Miramax. Disney could just have them release it.

          • J Jett

            is Miramax still around now that Harvey Weinstein has fallen?

          • Atlier00

            The Weinstein’s haven’t been associated with Miramax since like 2005.

  • scream4ever

    How could you not mention that Caplan was in Mean Girls!?

  • Arnold

    A superb actress, very underrated. Very good choice of Verbinski.

  • Rocky Chodha

    I think, Channing got back on board, as long as they got the DEADPOOL/Logan Deal route, the Cajun Hustler, loads of nudity, language and gore/graphic violence. Mr. Sinister, the four horsemen, alot of arcs for this guy, don’t mess it up….

    • Andy

      Or just a good story that focuses on character and what he does.

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    is not needed to put in all movies a romantic interest, jeez

    • FeministFriendly

      Just be thankful that she’s not playing gambit.

      Things could always be worse.

    • MeeGhoulz

      Then… She would be Rogue!?!

  • Bart Crowe

    They’ve been talking about making a Gambit solo movie for what feels like close to a decade. Hopefully it finally comes together.

    • FeministFriendly

      Do you hope it comes together even if its vomit inducing trash?

      Some things shouldn’t come together.

      • Bart Crowe

        I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt based on Logan, Deadpool, and even the FX series Legion. At least it isn’t an American live adaptation of an anime or a horror movie remake.

        • FeministFriendly

          Thing could always be worse, but some people use that as a justification too much to the point where it becomes a cop out.

          I’m not saying it couldn’t be good, I dont even know who coner channing is. But the impression I’m getting is that these American marvel/dc comicbook movies are too important for hollywood for a number of insidious reasons that make over meddling with them in all the wrong way’s inevitable. Unless its something they dont consider a tentpole and it gets the benefit of flying under the radar unmolested.

          A gambit movie might fit that qualification.

          …or, it could be so low on the pole that they just dont put the right resources into it at all and completely botch it like a john carpenter movie remake.

          But I guess you’ll just never know until they do it.
          I just have to stop taking any of it personally.

          • Bart Crowe

            If it’s shit I won’t watch it if it’s good I will. I don’t know what all that tent pole shit diatribe is about. It’s a goddamn Gambit movie nothing special. He’s a fan favorite X-Men character but he isn’t really that well known character to casual fans. I imagine the movie isn’t going to have a similar budget to Deadpool so it won’t be a huge risk and Channing Tatum is charismatic enough to carry a superhero movie.

  • Grimphantom

    Love Lizzy Caplan but still won’t see it because of Channing, i really don’t see him as Gambit. Obvious won’t fit but i pic Dacre Montgomery as Gambit, he has the looks and attitude.

    • Andy

      Then judge until the film or reviews comes out.

      • Grimphantom
        It’s like saying the same with The Mummy with Tom Cruise when we all know that one will turn out bad with him in it.

        • Andy

          It’s also like saying the same with the Dark Knight with Heath Ledger when we now know how good it turned out with him in it. Like I said. Wait until the film or reviews come out

          • Grimphantom


            Heath Ledger got compared to Jack Nicholson, just like Bill Skarsgård with Tim Curry. Tom Cruise gets criticize because he’s an A-List actor or he’s well known that people knows that he doesn’t fit in a movie like the Mummy.

            I know how it will turn out, this movie has more problems than Justice League.

          • Andy

            No you don’t. You never have because it’s not shot yet. As much as you don’t like Tatum for the role, there’s a reason why he was considered. He even stood by the project for years just so he can find what’s the right tone for the character. It’s usually about patience and getting it right. And that’s what he is doing right now. The problems will hopefully and eventually resolve.

          • Grimphantom

            pffftttt if you say so

          • nrkist

            Dark Knight is not a good movie and Heath Ledger is kinda alright in it. He grips alot from Nicholson, and the film is just not very good. The tragedy of Ledger’s death elevates his performance and the film artificially.

            If Ledger didn’t die, he might have been up for some razzies, and the film would have been cut tighter.

      • FeministFriendly


        You said reviews…

        • Andy

          Yeah… Is that a problem?

          • FeministFriendly

            It depends how personally you take it.

          • FeministFriendly

            I’ll put it this way as far as reviews,
            you’ll get a general idea what the plot might be, they’ll be forced to remark on egregious flaws or look like they’re too stupid to notice it,
            but half of the critics are in the tank with the studios to sell you a product, the other half judge the world around them on a scale of their political agendas, and the other half either like a genre too much to be critical of it or dont respect it enough to judge it by its own rules. Ebert is one of the most offensive examples of somebody who always has a loud opinion about genre’s he doesn’t respect or understand.

            So go ahead and judge a film by its reviews when the reviews come out if it makes you happy.

            I read them for spoilers but I dont take them seriously as a judgement of quality.

    • FeministFriendly

      I’m not sure who he is, heard the name.
      I sure hope he’s not the guy who played him in that Wolverine movie,
      he was all wrong.

    • nrkist

      Gambit is a really annoying character to be honest. Fox is desperate for characters. Can’t wait to see how Tatum pulls of this creole accent. It might actually be a beautiful and hilarious trainwreck, that is worth the price of production and admission.

      Tatum, an actor that sells based on his charm and body, hidden behind an accent he has no chance of replicating convincingly or charismatically, hidden in an overcoat that will do no favors to the fan-service Tatum brings to the table, and some CGI cards do all the fisticuffs for him. People are going to be real excited to see this :/.

      Also, Gambit doesn’t really have a very interesting story to get behind. He was just a goofy secondary character for Wolverine to be paired with, cause Wolverine always needed a ‘buddy cop/odd couple’ setup in the early 90’s. Gambit literally exists to be Wolverine’s annoying partner, just like Jubilee. How can Wolverine be moody and grumbly unless you attach him at the hip with a character that is his anti-thesis. Wolverine’s partners don’t exist to be cool, they exist so Wolverine can be 90’s ‘cool’ and have something to bounce off of.

      I know things have been retconned since then, but he’s still a guy with an annoying voice, an ability that looks kinda dumb, a penchant for playing cards and sleight of hand magic (super cool, right?!), ungh…the list just goes on… and it could only be right if the casting for such a character wasn’t also so wrong and bad.

      • Grimphantom

        You’re right on that since the character just uses cards as weapons……..still, you would think they can give him a more development into his character. If they have to change Negasonic Teenage Warhead into a really cool character, i don’t see why they don’t do the same with Gambit.

  • Biscoito18

    Good actress. Her death scene in Cloverfield is awesome.

  • GunGunTrio

    I thought this fell into production hell. So glad to see that it’s still being worked on. Gambit has always been my favorite. Not sure if Channing can pull it off but I’ll wait and see.

  • FeministFriendly

    A pretty girl.
    Kind of annoying.

    I’m not sure what it is about her, but she oozes an annoying.

  • MeeGhoulz

    Love her! Masters of Sex was her biggest role so far, and it’s a great show. She was briefly on True Blood, right on the beginning, when it was good…

  • GunsOfNavarone

    I thought Josh Hartnett would have made a good Gambit, he was rocking that whole Gambit thing in Penny Dreadful.

  • Barry El Beardo

    Janis Ian – Dyke

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