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From a report in EW today, Rupert Wyatt, whose Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a feature I found to be a surprising delight a few years back, has been enlisted by 20th Century Fox to take on the (presumably rebooted) solo debut of the card-flinging mutant Gambit.

Gambit, which is set to hit screens in October of next year, joins a line-up of X-Men spin-off features for the studio that includes next March’s Ryan Reynolds-starring Deadpool and the Josh Boone directed The New Mutants, which currently has no release window. Channing Tatum will star in Gambit, and take over the role of Remy LeBeau from Taylor Kitsch, who played the character in the much-derided X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

2016 is looking to be the year of the X-Men presumably, with Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, and Gambit all hitting the screen within those 12 months. Gambit is scheduled to open on October 7, 2016.

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