Following repeated delays, Fox reportedly has a new date to begin production of its long-planned X-Men spinoff Gambit, starring Channing Tatum.
The project has been in development since at least 2015, with Tatum attached to play the mutant thief Remy LeBeau. Originally fast-tracked by the studio for October 2016 release, Gambit ran into one snag after another as it passed through a succession of directors: Rupert Wyatt, Doug Liman and then Gore Verbinski, whose departure early this year led the film to postpone its planned March start date.
However, Omega Underground reports Gambit may be getting back on track, with production now expected to begin June 19 in New Orleans. It's unknown where precisely Gambit will shoot, but it could make use of Big Easy Studios, where James Mangold filmed Logan.
The website also suggests director announcement should be made soon. Although Verbinski's departure pushed back Gambit's previously announced release by four months, Tatum has remained attached to the project.
In a recent run of bad fortune for X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants being hit with major delays and reshoots, there is good news that Gambit appears to be finally moving forward.
Gambit is set to arrive in theaters on June 7, 2019, meaning the current production schedule places it on a path to hits its intended release date.