The X-Men spinoff has been troubled from the start and now script and subsequent budget issues have led to a delay, according to insiders. The timing of the upcoming Mardi Gras festival in February may have also played a factor in Wyatt’s last-minute departure.
“I was very much looking forward to working with my friend Channing and the team at Fox, but regrettably a push in the start date now conflicts with another project. I thank them for the opportunity, and I know that Gambit will make a terrific film,” Wyatt said in a prepared statement.
“Gambit” had been slated to start production in November but has been delayed to early 2016, forcing Wyatt to exit the comic book project.