The exclusive report by Deadline is a brief one, but reporter Mike Fleming Jr. seems confident about the scoop. The writer says he's been informed that Verbinski is closing a deal with Fox to direct the X-Men spinoff. The studio is apparently making the movie a high priority at the moment now that Channing Tatum is set to lead the film as Remy LeBeau.
So far, there are very few official details out about the film. Gambit has been stuck in development for some time as its creative team has been switched around. Doug Liman, who was previously attached to direct, confirmed he has exited the project due to scheduling conflicts. Tatum is still set to play the mutant, and reports have suggest that other star are already being eyed. Most recently, Daniel Craig's name was thrown into the mix when news suggested the James Bond star was being looked at to play Gambit's lead villain, Mr. Sinister.
Gambit has yet to release any set story details, but Splash Report claims to have learned the basics of its story. Here are film's alleged storyline so far:
"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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