First Look: Taylor Kitsch as Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine!
This is 18 years in the making - we finally get to see the X-Men fan favorite superhero Gambit in flesh and blood on the big screen. Gambit first appeared in the comics in Uncanny X-Men #266 in 1990 but has been missing from TV shows and movies since then. He will appear in the upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine as played by Canadian actor Taylor Kitsch. As part of Empire's upcoming feature on Wolverine (see more on that here), they've debuted the first official photo of Gambit, and thanks to our friends at IESB, we've got the first look below. Those who were lucky enough to see the special trailer at Comic-Con know that we get to see Gambit in full action in the film - so this is just a very early tease. Take a look!
Remy LeBeau aka Gambit is a Louisiana born X-Men mutant that has the ability to manipulate kinetic energy. He is known for his love and manipulation of playing cards and is incredibly skilled in card throwing and hand-to-hand combat. Gambit is the X-Men's self-described ladies man and has held a relationship with Rogue over the years. He's a fan favorite and was supposed to appear in X-Men 3 but was cut from the script. Back in February, we reported a rumor that Kitsch had signed a contract to play Gambit in three movies - so maybe we will see him in more sequels if Fox decides to continue making more.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine is directed by South African filmmaker Gavin Hood, of the Oscar winner Tsotsi as well as Rendition previously. The script was written by veteran screenwriter David Benioff, of 25th Hour, Troy, and The Kite Runner previosuly. The character of Wolverine was first created by Len Wein and John Romita Sr. back in 1974 before he joined the X-Men team. Fox will debut X-Men Origins: Wolverine in theaters everywhere on May 1st, 2009 early next summer. Stay tuned for the official trailer soon!