I remember way back in November of 2006 I was in a roundtable interview with producer Lauren Shuler Donner about the X-Men universe of movies. The conversation turned to Gambit and she went on to say, “I love [Gambit] and remember in ‘Lost’ there was a guy in there that was the perfect Gambit, the guy with the stray hair, he’s good-looking, the bad boy… Sawyer (Josh Holloway)!”
As we all know, Taylor Kitsch went on to play Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and since that time nearly four years ago I haven’t heard Holloway’s name mentioned for a feature film role outside of a few commenters recommending him for the role of Roland in the filmed adaptations of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. Well, that all changed today.
Holloway is the most recent name to join the growing cast of the Brad Bird-directed feature which co-stars Ving Rhames, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Vladimir Mashkov and Michael Nyqvist (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). The production is scouting locations in Vancouver, Prague and Dubai for a fall shoot with an eye towards a December 16, 2011 release.
This is the first major studio picture for Holloway after his role as Sawyer on “Lost” came to an end with the recent finale for the show after six successful years.