20th Century Fox looks to have cast its female lead in “Gambit”: Deadline has word that Lea Seydoux has been offered the part of Bella Donna Boudreaux in the 2016 film, opposite Channing Tatum in the title role — while that doesn’t sound like a completely done deal, it sure appears to be close. Seydoux was previously reported to be one of three actresses in contention for the part, along with Abbey Lee and Rebecca Ferguson.
Bella Donna was created by Scott Lobdell and Jim Lee, and first appeared in 1992’s “X-Men” #8. She’s closely connected with Gambit, with the characters knowing each other since childhood and sharing a subsequently complicated relationship of being both lovers and (given her status as a member of the Assassins’ Guild) enemies. Like Gambit, Bella Donna is also a mutant, with powers of astral projection and plasma blasts.
Seydoux will play Madeleine Swann in “Spectre,” the next James Bond film, scheduled for release this November. Her breakthrough performance was in 2013’s acclaimed “Blue Is the Warmest Colour,” based on a French graphic novel by Julie Maroh.
Directed by Rupert Wyatt, “Gambit” is scheduled for release on Oct. 7, 2016.