Channing Tatum’s ‘X-Men’ Spinoff ‘Gambit’ Draws Director Rupert Wyatt

Rupert Wyatt has been hired by Twentieth Century Fox to direct Channing Tatum’s “X-Men” spinoff “Gambit.”

Tatum is also producing with partner Reid Carolin, along with Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg. Wyatt, who helmed “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” for the studio and Mark Wahlberg’s “The Gambler,” will direct from Josh Zetumer’s script.

The Gambit character was created in 1990 by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee. He’s an expert card-thrower, was raised in New Orleans and has the ability to mentally create, control and manipulate kinetic energy.

“Gambit” will hit theaters on October 7, 2016, and will be Fox’s eighth X-Men movie. “X-Men: Apocalypse” debuts on May 27, 2016.

“Gambit” will face off against Warner Bros.’ “Live by Night” and Universal’s “Monster High.”

Wyatt is repped by UTA and Gang Tyre.

The news was first reported by Entertainment Weekly.

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