It looks like the “X-Men” spinoff movie “Gambit” may have found its lead female actress. As previously reported, Channing Tatum has been tapped to play the title character Gambit, but new reports suggest French actress Lea Seydoux could also star as the Cajun assassin Bella Donna Boudreaux.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, producers have offered Seydoux the lead role, but she’s yet to officially sign on. While details of the movie script are being kept tightly underwraps, Bella Donna is known in the comic books as one of Gambit’s love interests. The two fell for each other as children when their fathers tried to arrange for them to get married. However, Bella Donna’s brother Julien Boudreaux interfered, causing Gambit to kill Julien. Eventually, Bella Donna and Gambit grew apart and became enemies as adults. Most of their fallout stemmed around Bella Donna following in her father's footsteps as the lead of the Assassins Guild, while the card-throwing Gamit, real name Remy LeBeau, went on to become the head of the Thieves Guild.
According to Deadline, Seydoux was up for the Marvel role against "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation" star Rebecca Ferguson and "Mad Max: Fury Road" actress Abbey Lee. Ferguson, however, dropped out of the race to accept a part in "The Girl On The Train."
While Seydoux doesn't have any prior experience starring in a comic book film, the 30-year-old actress has portrayed a deadly assassin in 2011's "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" as Sabine Moreau. Seydoux's other notable movie credits include "Blue Is The Warmest Color,” which she won an award for at Cannes film festival, "Inglourious Basterds,” “The Lobster” and “The Grand Budapest.” Seydoux can be seen next in James Bond "Spectre" opposite Daniel Craig.
"Gambit" will begin filming this fall in New Orleans, and is slated to hit theaters October 7, 2016. Rupert Wyatt will direct the Marvel movie, and Simon Kinberg, Lauren Shuler Donner, Tatum and Reid Carolin will produce.