Seydoux, who will be seen next in “SPECTRE“, was amongst the actresses reading for the role of female lead in the film. It was later reported that “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” star Rebecca Ferguson and Abbey Lee, who starred opposite Tom Hardy and Chalize Theron in “Mad Max: Fury Road“, were shortlisted for the role as well.
However, Ferguson dropped out of the film for “The Girl on the Train” and Seydoux emerged as the studio’s top choice. According to The Wrap, Seydoux won the role by surprising the filmmakers who were initially concerned about her ability to pull of a Cajun accent.
While details about the female lead are kept under wraps, it has been widely speculated that she will 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.
In other news, Channing Tatum will produce and star in it as the titular role.
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. Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner are producing.
“Gambit” is currently scheduled for release on 7th October 2016.
Source: The Wrap.