Masters of Sex actress Lizzy Caplan is in negotiations to play the female lead opposite Channing Tatum in 20th Century Fox’s comic book movie Gambit, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
Gore Verbinski is directing the X-Men spinoff, which is slated to hit theaters on Feb. 14, 2019.
Gambit is a New Orleans-based mutant whose ability to control kinetic energy serves him well as a thief. The character was previously played by Taylor Kitsch in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Lea Seydoux had previously been cast as the superhero film’s female lead, Belladonna Boudreaux, back when Rupert Wyatt was directing Gambit. Verbinski evidently elected to recast the role, and the script has almost certainly underwent significant changes under his purview, so at this point, it’s unclear if Caplan is taking over the role of ‘Bella,’ or whether she’ll play an entirely different character.
Caplan’s recent film credits include Now You See Me 2 and Allied, and she’ll soon be seen alongside her co-stars from The Interview, James Franco and Seth Rogen, in A24’s upcoming comedy The Disaster Artist. She has also wrapped the sci-fi thriller Extinction, which pairs her with Michael Peña.
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