Taylor Kitsch Playing Gambit in Wolverine Trilogy?!
Holy crap these Wolverine updates never end! Our friends over at SuperHeroHype bring us yet another casting update today for X-Men Origins: Wolverine. We've mentioned Gambit quite a few times in the last few updates as one of the confirmed Marvel characters that will have a cameo. Now an inside scoop from SHH reports that youngster Taylor Kitsch will play Gambit, but not just in one movie, apparently three of them! All you Gambit fans - you've been waiting years to see him and now he's going to appear in no less then three movies!
The report comes from a user on SHH's message boards, so take this as an unconfirmed rumor at the moment. He says that 26-year-old Canadian actor Taylor Kitsch, from The Covenant and "Friday Night Lights", has signed a three-movie deal to play Gambit. I'm guessing that the producers, or maybe director Gavin Hood, finally realized how popular Gambit was and decided to throw him into the new Wolverine trilogy. So why exactly is this exciting news? Gambit is one of the most popular characters from the Marvel universe that everyone has wanted to see featured in a movie because he's so damn cool. If anything, I might call him the cult favorite amongst particular comic book fans and the perfect superhero to see in a movie.
The character of Gambit first appeared in 1990 in issue #266 of Uncanny X-Men. He is a mutant and member of the X-Men who possesses the ability to manipulate kinetic energy as well as limited hypnosis. He is known for his love and manipulation of playing cards, being 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. Gambit was rumored to appear in the third X-Men movie, but the character was later removed.
Leading up to the events of X-Men, Wolverine tells the story of Wolverine's epically violent and romantic past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed, and the ominous Weapon X program. Along the way, Wolverine encounters many mutants, both familiar and new, including surprise appearances by several legends of the X-Men universe.
Not only is this exciting as hell to finally see Gambit appearing in multiple movies, which confirms that he has a bit more of a role than just a cameo, but I'm interested in the fact that this is a trilogy more than anything. It's certainly obvious that they would be aiming to make a trilogy, considering how hugely successful (financially) the trilogy of X-Men films were, but I'm very interested to see how a story will play out over three of them, and for that matter, how Gambit will be involved in all three. Maybe things are really shaping up well with X-Men Origins: Wolverine?
X-Men Origins: Wolverine is directed by South African filmmaker Gavin Hood, of the Oscar-winning Tsotsi and Rendition, and was written by David Benioff (25th Hour, Troy, The Kite Runner). The movie arrives in theaters on May 1st, 2009.