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Gore Verbinski departs Channing Tatum's Gambit movie

Story by Jack Foley

GORE Verbinski has departed Fox and Marvel’s Gambit movie.

According to Deadline, the decision to leave was amicable and stemmed from scheduling conflicts the director had with other projects on his slate.

Channing Tatum remains on board in the lead role but the release date has been pushed back, from February 14, 2019, to June 7, 2019.

The search is now on for a new director to replace Verbinski, who shot to big budget prominence with Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

Gambit has had a rough ride as it seeks to get to the big screen. Both Doug Liman and Rupert Wyatt have previously been attached to direct only to see their projects stall.

Gambit/Remy LeBeau (Tatum) is an X-Men character who has the ability to charge matter with volatile kinetic energy, turning anything he touches into a weapon.

The character made a brief appearance in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, when he was played by Taylor Kitsch.

Fox will be hoping that a stand-alone film will revitalise the character much in the same way that Deadpool did.