Just a week after a report linked Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski to Fox's Gambit, the long-developing X-Men spinoffs appears to have a working title.
But according to Omega Underground, that title -- surprisingly -- isn't related to a card game; instead, it's Chess. That, of course, relates to a chess move -- aptly, the gambit -- but more importantly it signals the movie is moving ahead at a good pace.
The working title was found in a recent production listing, and was used in 2015 when Rupert Wyatt was attached direct. Production is likely targeted to begin in early 2018, so casting news should be expected soon. Channing Tatum has long been attached to the title role, and Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux were recently rumored to play Mister Sinister and Bella Donna, respectively.
Rumored plot details emerged recently, suggesting the movie will be the Ocean’s 11 of comic book movies, with Gambit embroiled in heists over two periods of time. The movie is expected to explore the character's origins in the Guild of Thieves and the war between his LeBeau clan and the Boudreaux family, to which his love interest Bella Donna belongs. It will then jump forward to Gambit being hired by none other than Mister Sinister aka Nathaniel Essex to steal a mysterious trunk that was stolen by the Boudreaux clan, which will of course bring back demons of his past.
Gambit doesn’t have a release date.