Lea Seydoux, Who Appears in SPECTRE, Has Been Offered the Gambit Female Lead

Posted by at 8:58 am on August 25, 2015

The EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

With the actress already said to be on the short list for the X-Men spinoff earlier this month, Deadline is reporting that Blue is the Warmest Color star Lea Seydoux has now been offered the Gambit female lead.

As was previously reported, the character Seydoux would play is that of Bella Donna Boudreaux (see an image from her first appearance below). Created by Jim Lee and Scott Lobdell, the character made her first appearance in 1992’s “X-Men” Vol. 2 #8. The daughter of the leader of the New Orleans Assassins’ Guild, Bella was Remy LeBeau’s first love. LeBeau, a member of the Thieves’ Guild, wound up marrying Bella as part of an arranged ceremony to unite the guilds. Things went bad fast, however, and Gambit was forced to flee New Orleans. Soon thereafter, Bella developed her own mutant ability not entirely dissimilar to Gambit’s. She can create plasma bursts at will.

To be directed by Rise of the Planet of the Apes helmer Rupert Wyatt, Gambit features a script by Josh Zemuter, based on a treatment by Chris Claremont. Tatum, Reid Carolin, Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg are producing.

Audiences will get to know Seydoux a bit better this fall when Sam Mendes’ new James Bond film, SPECTRE, hits the big screen November 6. In the meantime, however, you can check out a recent video blog from that film’s production wherein Lea Seydoux teases her new character, Madeleine Swann.

Gambit is planned to go before cameras in October for an October 7, 2016 release. The movie will follow X-Men spinoff Deadpool on February 15, 2016 and X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016.

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