Apparently, the film’s crew is working on important rewrites to the script, necessitating the pushing back of shooting until later this year. This means that it will be even longer before audiences are able to see the card-throwing anti-hero in his first solo appearance. It also has the side effect of putting more distance between Gambit‘s release and the premiere of X-Men: Apocalypse, which is set to hit theaters in May.
In addition, it is reported that director Doug Liman is giving thought to finding new talent for the film. Channing Tatum is expected to stay on as Gambit, but someone else might take the place of Lea Seydoux as Bella Donna Boudreaux:
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that with Gambit currently in the midst of rewrites, which are being overseen by the Edge Of Tomorrow & Bourne Identity director, the film’s production start date has unsurprisingly been moved to late 2016. The shift has also freed up Liman to direct The Wall, a psychological thriller, for Amazon Studios this summer before launching principal photography on Gambit in the fall. Additionally, The Wrap adds that Liman is expected to start his casting search from the ground up, meaning that Lea Seydoux (Spectre), who was cast as Bella Donna Boudreaux back in August 2015 and the only confirmed cast member outside of the long-attached Tatum, will possibly be recast barring any unforeseen circumstances.
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