Léa Seydoux is reportedly in talks to star opposite Channing Tatum in Gambit.
The French actress – best known for her roles in Blue Is The Warmest Colour and forthcoming Bond film Spectre – is said to have been offered the role of Bella Donna Boudreaux, the first love of Tatum’s comic book character. Seydoux will be required to perfect a Cajun accent for the role, TheWrap reports.
20th Century Fox has scheduled Gambit for release on October 7, 2016. Rupert Wyatt (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) is directing from a script by RoboCop screenwriter Josh Zetumer. Tatum is also serving as one of the film’s producers and Chris Claremont, co-creator of the original Gambit comic book character, has been involved in devising its storyline.
It is understood that Tatum sees his Gambit as playing a similar role in the X-Men universe to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine: he will star in his own standalone films, but also make appearances in future X-Men ensemble movies.
Discussing Gambit last year, Tatum said that he hoped the film could “actually try to change the ‘hero, superhero movie’. Because Gambit is not your typical hero.”
“He’s a thief,” Tatum continued. “He walks on the grey. I’m hoping we can change it a little bit, and then ultimately feather into the other [X-Men films].”