The French actress, known for her work in Blue is The Warmest Color and Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, was reported to be the frontrunner for the X-Men spinoff, on a short list with Abbey Lee and Mission: Impossible 5‘s Rebecca Ferguson. Ferguson of course pulled herself out of the running to join The Girl on The Train, though sources confirm that Seydoux was always the top pick for the role.
Rupert Wyatt is directing the superhero pic, working off a script penned by Josh Zetumer. Fox’s eighth X-Men film will hit cinemas on October 7th, 2016. Gambit may first make his appearance however in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, which debuts May 27th of the same year.
If the deal lands, then Seydoux will take on the role of Belladonna Boudreaux, aka Bella, who was Remy LeBeau’s love interest since they were tykes, though she developed powers of her own and became head of the notorious Assassins Guild. Comic fans know that LeBeau, aka Gambit, was in charge of the Thieves Guild.
Seydoux most recently appeared in Fox Searchlight’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and in Sony’s biopic Saint Laurent. Before Gambit, she will star opposite Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, and John C Reilly in Yorgos Lanthimos’s darkly funny drama The Lobster, which debuted to glowing reviews at Cannes.
Of course, she’ll also be the newest Bond girl in the next James Bond adventure, Sam Mendes’ Spectre, which also stars Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz, and Monica Bellucci.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by Deadline.