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A new director may be close to bringing everyone’s favorite card-throwing Cajun mutant to the big screen. Deadline is reporting that Gore Verbinski, director of the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies, is making a deal to direct Channing Tatum in Gambit.

Tatum has been attached to the film since about 2014. At one point, he was even practicing a Cajun accent to star as the X-Men favorite. However, script problems have led to multiple directors boarding, then leaving, the project in that span of time. Among them: Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt and Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman.

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Verbinski, however, is the biggest name yet. In addition to the first three, and best, Pirates movies, he directed The Ring remake and Rango. He’s a proven hit maker who just happened to have a brief stint in director jail after the disastrous The Lone Ranger. His last movie, A Cure for Wellness, was also not a hit, but it was released by Fox, who’d also be releasing Gambit.

The one issue here is that we’ve seen and heard this before: Big directors signing on to make a Gambit movie. Will Verbinski be different, and actually see it through? Time will tell. But Fox would obviously love to have a Channing Tatum X-Men movie in theaters sooner rather than later.

We’ve contacted Fox for comment and will update this post if and when we hear anything.

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[Deadline]