A few weeks ago, 20th Century Fox began screentesting actresses for the female lead role, Belladonna Boudreaux, for the Gambit movie. Lea Seydoux, Rebecca Ferguson and Abbey Lee were all in contention for the part, with Ferguson later dropping out to star in The Girl on the Train. But now, it looks like Fox has made its choice.
According to Deadline, Lea Seydoux has officially been offered the role of Belladonna in Gambit, joining Channing Tatum as the titular character. In the comics, Bella was Gambit’s love since childhood; she goes on to gain powers and becomes the head of the Assassin’s Guild, while Gambit leads the Thieves Guild. Seydoux is best known for her work in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Blue is the Warmest Color, and she will be seen in the James Bond movie Spectre this fall.
The Wrap adds that Seydoux has entered negotiations for the role. And while the studio was originally unsure whether or not the French actress could pull off a Cajun accent, it looks like those concerns have been put to rest.
Rupert Wyatt is directing Gambit, which begins production this fall. The X-Men spin-off is set to hit theaters on October 7th, 2016.