Currently reports are circulating that a female lead has been found for the upcoming X-Men spinoff to play the role of Bella Donna Boudreaux, joining Channing Tatum as the titular mutant superhero, which has Rupert Wyatt as Director.
Since Jennifer Lawrence can’t be in everything, 20th Century Fox has offered the female lead to 30-year-old French actress Lea Seydoux. You might know her from Inglourious Basterds, Midnight in Paris and The Grand Budapest Hotel. If not those, you’ll see her in the upcoming James Bond film, Spectre.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation‘s Rebecca Ferguson and Mad Max: Fury Road‘s Abbey Lee were the original choices for the role and TheWrap says the filmmakers were initially concerned about Seydoux’s ability to pull off a Cajun accent. Well, if that was their only qualm it seems that she has convinced them and beat the other two actresses out for the role.
Wait a minute…they were more worried about a French actress pulling off a Cajun accent, more so than Channing Tatum? Go figure.
For those that are rusty on their Gambit lore, Bella Donna and Gambit (aka Remy LeBeau) were childhood friends, even though their families came from rival Guilds, Assassins and Thieves, respectively. Later and all growed up, the two got further intertwined when the families attempted to have them wed each other in arranged marriage – you know, as a means to make peace. Of course, that all fell apart when Bella’s brother challenged Gambit to a duel in a fit of anger, in which Gambit killed him. Gambit was exiled and the two families went on with their Hatfield and McCoy rivalry. So much for making peace.
As far as Bella’s mutant powers go, she has the ability to astrally project herself and eject plasma blasts.
Now the film has its male and female lead, but who will do the script treatment or who’ll accompany them on the big screen is still a mystery. Likely, though, Gambit and Bella’s tumultuous past will play a big part of the story.
Gambit opens October 7, 2016.