Last month, Gambit fans were given a bit of a scare when a report surfaced that actor Channing Tatum may be backing out of the project. Over the weekend, it was confirmed that Channing Tatum has actually finalized his deal and he is also set to appear in other X-Men movies as well. 20th Century Fox is now moving on to find the right actress to play the female lead character, which Deadline has confirmed is Bella Donna Boudreaux. Actresses Léa Seydoux (Spectre), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation) and Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) are all reportedly coming in to test for the coveted role next week.
In the Marvel comics, Bella Donna Boudreaux was the daughter of the New Orleans Assassins' Guild leader, whose first love was none other than Remy LeBeau (Channing Tatum). LeBeau was a member of the Thieves Guild, and was set up with an arranged marriage to Bella Donna to unite both guilds, but Remy was forced to flee to New Orleans. Bella Donna eventually received her own super powers, producing blasts of plasma.
It isn't known if any of the aforementioned actresses are the front runner for the role at this time, but last week's report about Channing Tatum possibly backing away from Gambit did mention that Léa Seydoux is one of the actresses testing for the female lead. There will undoubtedly be more actresses who test for the role, but these three names are the only ones who have been mentioned thus far. It isn't known if there are plans for Bella Donna to appear alongside Gambit in other X-Men universe movies.
Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is directing Gambit from a script by Joshua Zetumer (RoboCop), with production scheduled to begin this fall. 20th Century Fox has already handed out an October 7, 2016 release date for the superhero movie, which will go up against Warner Bros.' Live by Night and Universal's Monster High. A casting breakdown leaked last month that revealed a number of different roles that are being cast, but it isn't immediately clear if they have any connection to comic book characters.
Léa Seydoux will next be seen in Spectre and the upcoming indie The Lobster later this year, and Abbey Lee stars in Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon, which is set for release next year. Rebecca Ferguson is currently filming Florence Foster Jenkins alongside Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. Which of these actresses do you think is right for Belladonna Boudreaux?