Almost every week, there will be at least one comic book movie news for fans to geek out over. Earlier on Sunday, it was confirmed that Channing Tatum will star in and produce 20th Century Fox’s “Gambit” as his deal with the studio has closed.

At that time, it was also reported that “Blue is the Warmest Colour” star Lea Seydoux, who will be seen next in “SPECTRE“, was amongst the actresses reading for role of the female lead in the film. And now, there’s an update on the casting.

According to Deadline, Rebecca Ferguson and Abbey Lee have also been shortlisted to star opposite Tatum.

Rebecca Ferguson - Abbey Lee - Lea Seydoux
Sources: Contact Music Herald Sun / Frillseeker

Ferguson was most recently seen starring opposite Tom Cruise in “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” while Lee starred opposite Tom Hardy and Chalize Theron in “Mad Max: Fury Road“. Both actresses, as well as Seydoux, are in contention for the role of the female lead. The role in question has been widely speculated to be Bella Donna Boudreaux.

Created by Jim Lee and Scott Lobdell, Bella Donna Boudreaux made her first appearance as the daughter of the leader of the New Orleans Assassins’ Guild in 1992’s “X-Men” Vol. 2 #8. She is also the first love of Remy LeBeau aka Gambit, a member of the Thieves’ Guild. They were bound to get married as part of an arranged ceremony to unite the guilds, but things went bad quickly and LeBeau was forced to flee New Orleans.

Similar to Gambit, Bella developed her own mutant ability and she can create plasma bursts at will as well.

Bella Donna Boudreaux
Source: Wikia

No further details regarding the movie were revealed, but director Rupert Wyatt (of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” fame) is attached to helm the project while Josh Zetumer will serve as the scriptwriter with longtime “X-Men” scribe Chris Claremont.

“Gambit” is currently scheduled for release on 7th October 2016.


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