Earlier this month, we reported that 20th Century Fox is testing actresses for the female lead in Gambit, with Léa Seydoux (Spectre), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation) and Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) all competing for the coveted role of Belladonna (Bella) Boudreaux in this X-Men spinoff. Today, Deadline reports that the part was offered to Léa Seydoux. It was also revealed that Rebecca Ferguson had to drop out of contention after she landed the lead role in The Girl on the Train.
In the original comic books, Belladonna Boudreaux was the daughter of the New Orleans Assassins' Guild leader, who fell in love with Remy LeBeau (Channing Tatum). LeBeau was a member of the Thieves Guild, and was set up with an arranged marriage to Bella to unite both guilds, but Remy was forced to flee to New Orleans. Bella went on to receive her own super powers, producing blasts of plasma. It isn't known how faithful this superhero movie will be to the source material.
Channing Tatum officially signed on to star in Gambit earlier this month, after it was rumored that he was close to backing out of the project. No other cast members have been attached yet, but a casting breakdown from last month revealed several characters that may appear in the movie. It wasn't known from the breakdown if any of these roles are connected to characters in the comic books.
Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is directing Gambit from a script by Joshua Zetumer (RoboCop), with 20th Century Fox has already handed out an October 7, 2016 release date. The movie will go up against Warner Bros.' Live by Night and Universal's Monster High. Production will begin in New Orleans this fall.
Léa Seydoux will next be seen in the 007 action-thriller Spectre, arriving in theaters November 6. She also stars in the upcoming indie film The Lobster, and she was last seen in the critically-acclaimed comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel. Do you think the actress is a good choice for Belladonna Boudreaux?