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Gambit Cast In Wolverine Movie
Taylor Kitsch in the role

19 February 2008  |  Written by Olly Richards  |  Source: Superhero Hype

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Superherohype is reporting that Taylor Kitsch (TV's Friday Night Lights) has been cast as Gambit in the forthcoming Wolverine movie, confirming months of rumours that the character will make an appearance.

Kitsch has apparently signed a three picture deal, which would suggest that Gambit, a mutant with the power to make objects explosive by charging them with kinetic energy, will play a major role, but could mean that Fox is merely hedging its bets.

It's been a long wait to see Gambit in a X-Men movie, who's been rumoured since the first film was announced. We're a little disappointed that Lost's Josh Holloway won't be playing the role, because he would have been perfect casting, but we can't wait to see him and his explosive playing cards on screen.

In other Wolverine news, Aintitcool is repeating the long circulating rumour that Ryan Reynolds will cameo in the movie as Deadpool, a lesser know smart-ass mercenary character. As we said, the story's been doing the rounds for a while, but AICN says they have it confirmed. This would be fantastic casting.

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RYAN REYNOLDS as DEADPOOL?!
That's AWESOME. That'd be some of the best casting ever. I've seen this Kitsch fellow in Friday Night Lights. I reckon he can do a young Sawyer quite successfully and I'll be he's cheaper than Josh Holloway.... More

Posted by mammon at 17:28 on 22 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: YAY
e character. He's a bit of a one-trick-pony. If they had him as more of a con-man, like the Lost character Sawyer, he could be quite interesting p; I guess the reason for having gambit is that, he cant just use his kenetic energy on the whole of wolverines adamantium skeloten...and to be fair, sabertooth is a good bad guy to put against wolverine, but for entertainment I'd rather watch a face off with gamby and wolfy. Gambit's story line with rogue, then iceman getting pissed off is probaly t More

Posted by HarryHavoc at 22:32 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

YAY
Gambit is my favourite and he looks hot enough to pull the character off!! More

Posted by Ghetto Jen at 21:06 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Gambit!
L: HarryHavoc I agree that he doesnt look like he could pull off his own franchise, it will have to go down a humerous hell boy style film if they do agree to give him his freedom. Wolverine and Gambit do have their own series of comics together, so hopefully it wont be all handbags at dawn all throughh. Whats the bet gambit is an in mate with wolverine and they brake out together and team up to take down bad guys???? ha. ctually, Wolverine has several and Gambit's got canned. T More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 17:19 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

Let's just hope he can pull off Gambit's accent.... More

Posted by Kittys_Gremlin at 10:34 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

AboyNamedSue
Edited for stupidity and because you've been warned once already. More

Posted by monkeysplaying at 10:26 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

Finally!
Best. Film. Character. Ever.* *If they do it right. Gambit is a character that can only be described as ''cool''. ''Blowing-cards-and-other-shit-up-while-kicking-around- his-bo-staff-and- taunting-like-the-French-soldiers-fr om-Monty-Python-with-red-eyes-COOL'' More

Posted by Bluehawk at 23:21 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: GamBITCH!
L: H is the greatest I like to call em GamBITCH, I hate this movie and all X men related crap. Now Deadpool news there's something to report, but Reynolds as Deadpool I don't like it. sp; Boo to you. Marvel are the purveyors of some of the finest comic book worlds created, X-Men, particularly Wolverine are the shit man! Reynolds is great casting, he's proved he can do this sort of thing in Blade Trinity which I know was shit (Dominic strange head shape Purcell as Dracula was terrible More

Posted by kinge247 at 20:20 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

IT'S ABOUT TIME
Gambit was always one of the better mutants and his interaction with Wolverine is fantastic so it was sad not to see him in the X-Men movies.  So it's good to see him finally in Wolverine. It is a shame that it's not Sawyer's Josh Hollaway as his southern drawl perfectly matches Gambit's Cajun accent. Lets hope this guy can do it just as well. if not better More

Posted by Taz69 at 20:13 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

for those going on about Josh Holloway...he was offered the role, he didnt want it. Apparently he reckoned it was too close to Sawyer. I'm not sorry, Taylor will rock this part! More

Posted by jlearner at 19:04 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

GamBITCH!
I like to call em GamBITCH, I hate this movie and all X men related crap. Now Deadpool news there's something to report, but Reynolds as Deadpool I don't like it. More

Posted by H is the greatest at 18:07 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

Gambit!
I agree that he doesnt look like he could pull off his own franchise, it will have to go down a humerous hell boy style film if they do agree to give him his freedom. Wolverine and Gambit do have their own series of comics together, so hopefully it wont be all handbags at dawn all throughh. Whats the bet gambit is an in mate with wolverine and they brake out together and team up to take down bad guys???? ha. More

Posted by HarryHavoc at 18:01 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

there's NO WAY this little bastard will be able to open up a superhero film by himself. More

Posted by Hughezy at 17:35 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: By the by
For a split second, seeing that picture i thought it WAS Josh Holloway, empire you cunning fools, did you try and find a picture that resembled one from lost? I dont know who this guy is, but im kindof glad that Gambit will appear, he is great. Still unsure about Ryan Reynolds, i think he is an idiot, who should stick to rom-coms. More

Posted by kumar at 16:30 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

By the by
Every film site online take stories from one another. AICN especially; Variety and The Hollywood Reporter brake the most news, as to be fair, do Empire. Those comments are just stupid and ill-informed. Also, the Reynolds casting is awesome. More

Posted by AboyNamedSue at 14:49 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: I thought
Don't think I like the idea of Gambit in this one either... though not because he is a 'mediocre' character, in my opinion along just ahead of Ice Man and Archangel is easily the coolest xman (...OK granted after I decided Wolverine wasn't my favorite any more because, well...every body says that, lol.). The banta between the two in the earlier xmen comics was always entertaining but I think he would be lost and pointless in a Wolverine film - especially if its Weapon X/early Wol More

Posted by bronco3114 at 14:17 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

To Monkeysplaying
I can't reply to posts in the forum at the moment because the server's gone a bit wobbly, but had to respond to Monkeysplaying's post. How exactly do we steal AICN's news? We report their stories sometimes, but fully credit whatever they report. That's not stealing. All movie sites share news and all the reputable ones always provide credit and links. People do it with our stories all the time and, if they credit us, that's just fine by us. The Gambit story isn't one we broke, which is why we More

Posted by Olly Richards at 14:10 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: I thought
Good, god. I really don't like the idea of Gambit being in this movie. A mediocre character at best. Hopefully it'll be a veeerrrrrry minimal part. Like maybe Logan hires him to crack a government safe deposit box all sly and sneeky while he's off doing something more 'physical', shall we say. Like kicking several shades of shit out of Deadpool as he curently is in his ongoing comic, Wolverine: Origins (which i think is the source of the current arse title). More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 13:10 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

Dissapointing!!
Not have Josh Holloway is a bit of a bummer in fairness!! More

Posted by Big Red at 13:05 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

I thought
Empire hated AICN? Or is it just Chris Hewitt? Either way you still seem quite happy to nick their news... More

Posted by monkeysplaying at 12:43 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

Kitsch is ace in the quite fantastic Friday Night Lights (arguably the best show on TV at the moment aside from The Wire). Good casting. More

Posted by Eomer_King at 12:13 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

Enough Cooks...
Okay, fantastic news that we finally get Gambit (Though i agree, Josh Holloway would be perfect... Perhaps he could play him in a later set X4 or something). But they need to slow down with the characters now... After all, this is Wolvies story. And we all know what happened to Spiderman 3 when they tried to cram too many characters/baddies in... More

Posted by SpidersArentScared at 11:55 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

Marvel appears to be a bit greedy here, seeing that they are milking all their characters in crossovers for future franchises. I was excited with the Hulk/Iron Man deal, but it's starting to feel ridiculous now. However, I do like the slow dripfeed of information coming from this film, instead of the glut of trailers and stills as seen from recent flicks. It seems that they hardly go through the dailies before making them available to the public. More

Posted by hawkeye10 at 11:47 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: How OLD is Gambit?
What gives???? I thought this was a Wolverine origin story , are Hollywood messing with comicbook lore again???? Is this kid playing a young Gambit or what???? Im now a bit worried !! More

Posted by Beno at 11:17 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

How OLD is Gambit?
I thought the movie took place in the 60s? Wouldn't that make Gambit, well, a bit old to be potentially filling Wolvie's boots in a future X4? If he's 25-ish in the 60s he'll be pushing 70 by now... More

Posted by britesparc at 11:12 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

His 3 picture deal could mean he'd be a main character in a mooted X-Men 4 movie. His anti-hero credentials may be set to replace Wolverine's role in the films (assuming Jackman won't be back for an X-men part 4). More

Posted by Skyjunky21 at 10:29 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

Bit mental but...
...I always though Justin Rhind-tutt would be awesome in this role, if he grew a bit of stubble and bulked up a tad- we know he can act, he has a sense of humour and his is slightly more sinewey than this guy, which makes him a bit more creepy for a superhero... More

Posted by supermaddy at 10:27 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Gambit Cast In Wolverine Movie
I really, really hope the rumours about Deadpool doing a cameo are true. He's one of my favorite Marvel characters and Reynolds is an inspired choice. Reynolds' association with a possible Deadpool stand-alone film was talked about some time ago, but then seemed to fade into nothing. Hopefully a possible cameo in the upcoming Wolverine film is a way of introducing the lesser known character to a broader audience. As for the news of Gambit's inclusion, I'm less than thrilled, the character in it More

Posted by Kazuya at 10:26 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

How many characters are being added to this project. It's like they're trying to squeeze as many characters in as they can to launch many possible spin-offs... More

Posted by Skyjunky21 at 10:26 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

Deadpool deserves his own movie...
... here's hoping for a spin-off... from the spin-off. More

Posted by keyzersaulsie at 10:09 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

Guest star overkill
Why does a Wolverine Movie need Gambit, Deadpool the Blob or any other peripheral characters? They should focus on making this a decent solo spotlight for Wolverine and save all the fanboy bait cameos for X-Men 4. More

Posted by Fit Kisto at 10:06 on 19 February 2008 | Report This Post

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