After years stuck in limbo, Gambit is finally moving forward with production and now we might know the film’s working title.
A new report from Production Weekly revealed that Gambit will be operating under the working title of 'Chess.'
While the name doesn't hint at much regarding what to expect from the film's plot, it is a clever nod to the character's codename. In the game of chess, a gambit is a type of opening move in which one of the pieces in play is sacrificed in order to gain a better position on the board.
It's also a nod to Gambit's penchant for gambling in comics as well. While perhaps not as popular as other form of gambling there are people who bet on chess games and many professional poker players are also chess players as both are games of risk and strategy.
The X-Men movie's working title is just the latest update for the film. Earlier today Deadline reported that the movie will hit theaters on Valentine's Day in 2019 and earlier this year, a report revealed that Gore Verbinski was being eyed to direct the once-stalled feature film with Channing Tatum set to both star in the title role and produce.
No official plot details have been released, but Splash Report claims that the alleged story for the upcoming film will follow Gambit, whose real name is Remy Lebeau, is tasked to pull off a seemingly impossible task. You can read the alleged storyline below:
"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…"
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