Gambit to Start Filming in October, Budget Estimated at $155 Million

Monday, 27 July 2015 - 10:18AM
Monday, 27 July 2015 - 10:18AM
Gambit to Start Filming in October, Budget Estimated at $155 Million
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With DC getting in on Marvel's cinematic universe model, 20th Century Fox is the next studio to start playing catch-up, as they're starting to move forward with an interconnected superhero universe consisting of several well-known franchises. Between the X-Men series, the Wolverine solo movies, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool, Fox is committing to the superhero game, and even a notoriously troubled production can't stop Gambit from moving forward at this point. A new report indicates that the Channing Tatum vehicle will begin filming in October in Louisiana, and will be a decidedly big-budget movie, with an estimate of just under $155 million.

According to The Louisiana Economic Development's Fast Lane website, which tracks the economic impact of film projects in the state, Gambit's overall budget will be $154,975,309, with approximately $111 million to be spent in Louisiana. It is set to begin filming on October 13, and finish production on February 12. 

A casting announcement was also posted by Showbiz 411, and the cast is apparently filled with thieves, criminals, and mobsters. As Gambit was part of a guild of thieves before becoming part of the X-Men, it seems that this will be an origin story, which makes sense, as the rest of the X-Men are not expected to appear.

Here are the characters listed in the casting call:

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Louis– Male, any ethnicity, 40s-50s. Elegant and intelligent. An appealing entrepreneur with an unexpected
dark side.
Vera– Female, any ethnicity, mid 20s – early 30s. Beautiful, smart, tough, fiery and unpredictable.
Wes– Male, any ethnicity, mid 20s – mid 30s. Aspirational but weak minded. Soulful and sensitive.
Fritz– Male, any ethnicity, 40s – 50s. A professional thief. Charismatic con-artist. Warm hearted but untrustworthy.
Nash– Male, any ethnicity, mid 20s – early 30s. A potent threat. Heir to his mother's business. Malevolent.
Willhelm– Male, any ethnicity, 30s. Dangerous street criminal. Protective and loyal to his family. Intensely loyal and violent.
Gary– Male, any ethnicity, mid 20s – early 30s. A little simple; dim-witted and passive.
Nonna-Female, any ethnicity, mid 20s – 30 years old.
Uptight, corporate, vicious, sexual.
Joe– Male, any ethnicity, 30s. He's a gun for hire. He is the black sheep of his family. Not from good breeding but from a working class family.
Ben–Male, any ethnicity, 20s. Just reaching adulthood. A street kid, a disaffected outsider, an orphan.
Boris–Male, Hispanic, 20s. Charming, handsome, and dangerous..
Clarissa– Female, mixed race, 10 – 12 years old. Ethereal and other worldly. Very expressive.
Wolfgang– Male, authentic French, 40s. A French criminal. Must speak fluent French.
Howard– Male, Caucasian. 50s. A refined European mobster who speaks fluent French.
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Gambit has had some trouble getting off the ground, particularly when Tatum had trouble finding an interested director. But now, Rupert Wyatt is on board, and it seems like all systems go. Plus, if the Deadpool trailer is any indication, films that get stuck in development hell often don't deserve it, so hopefully Gambit will also exceed expectations.

Gambit is slated for a October 7, 2016 release.

Via Collider.
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