Channing Tatum’s Gambit movie officially dealt release date and director Gore Verbinski

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Oct 12, 2017, 8:55 PM EDT

It’s official: Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski is taking the helm of the long-awaited Gambit movie.

Entertainment Weekly confirmed the news today that Verbinski will direct the X-Men spin-off flick, which now has a release date of Feb. 14, 2019.

While there’s been no shortage of director names being thrown into the hat over the years, there’s only been one man for the job of playing the New Orleans local superhero in a standalone film: Mr. Channing Tatum. (Of course, John Carter star Taylor Kitsch previously played Gambit in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine.)

It’s good news for fans who have been following the movie’s progress, which has been plagued with delays. Before Verbinski was confirmed as the director, Rupert Wyatt, who was originally attached to helm, had exited due to scheduling conflicts. Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman was later reportedly in talks to take over, but went on to work on adapting the Chaos Walking books.

Tatum previously spoke to Yahoo Movies about how the success of Deadpool and Logan – which were decidedly different cinematic approaches to the X-Men universe – has possibly changed their approach to tackling Gambit:

“We were coming to the end at that creative phase, where these movies (X-Men films) went through a bit of a paradigm shift. ... Where the X-Men movies and the superhero movies with Logan and Deadpool really broke down a lot of doors for us. We were trying to do some things that we actually weren’t allowed to do, and they just smashed through the doors, so now we’re rethinking it.”

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