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Multiple actresses in talks to play Bella Donna Boudreaux, the female lead in Gambit

Mission Impossible—Ghost Protocol / Mad Max: Fury Road / The White Queen

Fox has named the female character who’ll be appearing alongside Remy LeBeau in Channing Tatum’s upcoming Gambit movie, with the equally accent-afflicted Bella Donna Boudreaux sharing screen time with the card-throwing cajun thief. Created by Jim Lee and Scott Lobdell in 1992, Boudreaux is a mutant thief and assassin with multiple powers, including astral projection, plasma blasts, and the ability to tolerate the attention of smug New Orleans charmsters for up to minutes at a time.

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There’s no definitive news yet on who’ll be playing Bella Donna in the planned film, although multiple young actresses have their names on the short list for the part. Léa Seydoux from Blue Is The Warmest Color and the upcoming James Bond film Spectre has been rumored to be circling the role for some time, but she’s apparently got some competition for the job of looking on adoringly while Channing Tatum gently burps “mon ami” into her waiting ear. According to Coming Soon, model-turned-actress Abbey Lee, best known for playing pregnant runaway wife The Dag in this summer’s blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road, has thrown her hat into the ring for the part, and Mission Impossible—Rogue Nations Rebecca Ferguson is also in consideration.

The film is being directed by Rupert Wyatt, with a script by Josh Zemuter. Besides starring in the film, Tatum is also executive producing, which puts him in a prime position to find an actress willing to pretend to share his inexplicable Gambit-love.

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