Gambit: Lea Seydoux Offered Role Of Bella Donna Boudreaux


Deadline is reporting that French actress Léa Seydoux has been offered the role of Gambit’s childhood love — Bella Donna Boudreaux.  The news comes after Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation breakout star Rebecca Ferguson dropped out of the running to star in DreamWorks’ adaptation of The Girl On The Train.  The original list of contenders included Léa Seydoux, Rebecca Ferguson, and Abbey Lee who starred in this summer’s Mad Max: Fury Road.

Léa Seydoux has had roles in Inglorious Basterds (2009), Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011), and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).  She will also soon be seen in the upcoming James Bond installment Spectre.

Created by Jim Lee and Scott Lobdell, Bella Donna Boudreaux made her first appearance in X-Men Vol. 2 #8 (May 1992).  Bella Donna met Remy LeBeau, the future Gambit, when the two were only children, and soon became friends.  In typical Romeo and Juliet fashion, the two came from rival guilds — Remy from the Thieves Guild and Bella Donna from the Assassins Guild.  As the two grew older, their rivalry intensified.  However, their fathers arranged a marriage between the two, hoping to unite the guilds.  After the wedding, Bella Donna’s brother, Julien, challenged Remy to a fight to the death.  Remy won, killing Julien.  This resulted in Remy being driven from New Orleans which led to his path in becoming Gambit and joining the X-Men.

The live-action incarnation of Gambit made his debut in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) — though his name only appeared in X2: X-Men United (2003) — and was played by Taylor Kitsch.  On May 13, 2014, Channing Tatum was confirmed to take over the role in a solo movie.

Gambit is still set for a release date of October 7, 2016.  It will be produced by Channing Tatum, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Simon Kinberg, directed by Rupert Wyatt, written by Josh Zetumer from a treatment by Chris Claremont, and star Channing Tatum as Remy Etienne LeBeau / Gambit.

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