22 Jump Street’s Channing Tatum has announced the release date for his solo superhero film Gambit, amidst a host of other similar movie announcements from 20th Century Fox.
Tatum – who will next be seen alongside Steve Carrell in Oscar-tipped real-life drama Foxcatcher – tweeted the time of release with an oblique reference to his character, who has appeared in X-Men comics with more well-known figures like Wolverine and Magneto for around 25 years.
How do you say October 7, 2016 in Cajun?
— Channing Tatum (@channingtatum) January 6, 2015
The tweet references the titular mutant hero’s iconic Lousiana accent, which has been a staple of the character since he was introduced in 1990 as a new addition to the X-Men’s ranks.
Gambit (below) possesses the superpower to charge object with explosive energy to make lethal projectiles (usually favouring playing cards and a bo staff), and is also a master thief and acrobat. He was previously played on screen in 2009 by Friday Night Lights’ Taylor Kitsch alongside Hugh Jackman in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
It’s possible that Tatum’s version of the character will be introduced in 2016’s X-Men sequel X-Men: Apocalypse, starring Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and Oscar Isaac, though Fox have not confirmed this.
Soon after Tatum’s tweet 20th Century Fox announced the dates of other upcoming releases, including fellow X-Men actor Michael Fassbender’s video-game adaptation Assassin’s Creed, a sequel to the upcoming superhero reboot Fantastic Four (the first film is out this year) and an untitled follow-up to the Andy Serkis-starring Planet of the Apes prequels.
The release dates are as follows:
Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates: July 29th, 2016
Gambit: October 7th, 2016
Assassin’s Creed: December 21th, 2016
The Greatest Showman on Earth: December 25th, 2016
The Mountain Between Us: February 10th, 2017
Fantastic Four 2: June 2nd, 2017
Untitled Planet of the Apes follow-up: July 14th, 2017