20th Century Fox’s X-Men spinoff Gambit has found itself in a creative setback. Last month, its director Rupert Wyatt, know for helming 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, exited the project, reportedly because his heart wasn’t in it. With an October 2016 release date penciled in, this has left Fox rushing to find a replacement for the Channing Tatum-led superhero adventure. The clock is ticking, but now it appears three finalists are up for the job.

Earlier this week, we learned that Doug Liman is being looked at to snag the director’s chair, but Heroic Hollywood has also heard that not only is Liman in consideration, but two other names have surfaced, as well. Each of the candidates has their own resume of unique work, so whoever were to be hired as Gambit’s new director would surely make the mutant card shark’s solo adventure a special one. With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at each of these candidate's work and speculated on whether they would be a good fit for Gambit.

Doug Liman
Doug Liman
What He’s Worked On: The word that can best summarize most of Doug Liman’s career is "action." Since the 2000s, he’s helmed well-known projects like The Bourne Identity (he executive produced The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, as well), Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Jumper, all of which earned big bucks at the box office. He most recently directed the time-looped, Tom Cruise-led Edge of Tomorrow, which did quite well critically and commercially. Liman’s early career also included several comedies, like 1996’s Swingers.

Should He Direct Gambit? Liman would be right in his element if he were to take on Gambit. The man has plenty of experience directing action pieces, and because the Ragin’ Cajun’s solo feature is going to be smaller in scale than the main X-Men films, it needs someone at the helm that isn't going for a grand spectacle, but something tighter. Plus, with his comedic experience, Liman can infuse Gambit with fun moments to prevent it from becoming overly dark.

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