Fox’s long-gestating Gambit has moved to bring in a new cast member as the film finally looks to start shooting ahead of its new February 2019 release date.
As per Variety, Lizzy Caplan has joined Gambit to replace the previously-attached Lea Seydoux as Bella Donna Boudreaux. Seydoux has had to drop out of the picture due to the countless delays that it’s suffered from, and so the Masters of Sex, Cloverfield and Freaks and Geeks actress has been brought in as a replacement.
For the character of Bella Donna Boudreaux herself, she first appeared back in 1992’s X-Men Vol. 2 #8. A love interest of sorts for Remy LaBeau – to be played here by Channing Tatum – things, of course, went pear-shaped between the pair. The duo came together as part of an arranged marriage involving the New Orleans Assassins’ Guild. Gambit ended up taking off, leaving Bella behind to develop her own plasma-based powers.
Previously, Gambit was booked in for an October 2016 release, then October 2017, then it was completely pulled from 20th Century Fox’s release schedule before recently being booked in for February 14th, 2019.
On the directing front, Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Rupert Wyatt was in the director’s chair at one point in time before departing over various issues. Then came Edge of Tomorrow’s Doug Liman, before he also vacated the director’s chair due to the numerous delays encountered by the project. Now, the last we’d heard on that topic was that Pirates of the Caribbean’s Gore Verbinski has been in deep talks with Fox to helm Gambit, although nothing official has yet to come out on that just yet.
As ever, expect more on Gambit as it continues to develop.