A slew of new character breakdowns for 20th Century Fox’s Gambit movie have been leaked online.
The upcoming X-Men spinoff has been stuck in development for several years, after having initially been announced in 2014. And now, thanks to the recent success of Deadpool and Logan, Gambit in finally moving forward with production.
Director of the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Gore Verbinski, has signed on to helm the film, following the departure of first Rupert Wyatt in 2015, and them Doug Liman in 2016. Channing Tatum has been attached to play the titular character from the project’s inception, and remains committed to bringing Gambit’s story to life when the movie finally releases in theatres in February, 2019.
Given this release date, the production team should be gearing up to begin principal photography, meaning we should start receiving news on casting relatively soon. 20th Century Fox is currently in the casting process, and just days after the first wave of audition tapes found their way online, character breakdowns have also been leaked:
[MARIYA] Female, Caucasian, mid 20s – early 30s. Must be 5’11’’+. Tall, stunning and willowy, a Parisian glamour girl. Must speak fluent French or do a perfect French accent. ROLE REQUIRES SEQUEL OPTION.
[LEWIS] Male, any ethnicity, 40s-50s. Elegant and intelligent. An appealing entrepreneur with an unexpected dark side. ROLE REQUIRES SEQUEL OPTION.
[MRS. STANTON] Female, Caucasian, 50s. An elegant older woman with a French accent. Must speak fluent French.
[NASH] Male, any ethnicity, mid 20s-early 30s. A potent threat. Heir to his mother’s business. Malevolent.
[MAGNUS/WOLFGANG] Male, authentic French. 40s. A French criminal. Must speak fluent French.
[FRITZ] Male, any ethnicity, 40s-50s. A professional thief. Charismatic con-artist. Warm hearted but untrustworthy. ROLE REQUIRES SEQUEL OPTION.
[WESLEY] Male, any ethnicity, mid 20s-mid 30s. Aspirational but weak minded. Soulful and sensitive. ROLE REQUIRES SEQUEL OPTION.
[PIA] Female, Native American, early 20s. Street, tough, punk. ROLE REQUIRES SEQUEL OPTION.
[BORIS] Male, mid 20s-30s, Hispanic. Tough, menancing, with a dangerous craggy character face. ROLE REQUIRES SEQUEL OPTION.
[JOE] Male, any ethnicity, 30-50 years old. We are looking for actors 5’6’’ and under. He’s a gun for hire. He is the black sheep of his family. Not from good breeding but from a working-class family. Short. Puck-like, with an interesting character face. ROLE REQUIRES SEQUEL OPTION.
[CARISSA] Female, mixed-race, 10-12 years old. Ethereal and other worldly. Very expressive. ROLE REQUIRES SEQUEL OPTION.
[WILHELM] Male, any ethnicity, 30s. Dangerous street criminal. Protective and loyal to his family. Intensely loyal and violent.
[GARY] Male, any ethnicity, mid 20s-early 30s. A little simple; dim-witted and passive.
[NONA] Female, any ethnicity, mid 20s-30 years old. Uptight, corporate, vicious, sexual. ROLE REQUIRES SEQUEL OPTION.
[FRANKLIN] Male, any ethnicity, 20s. An appealing street kid. ROLE REQUIRES SEQUEL OPTION.
[BEN] Male, any ethnicity, 20s. Just reaching adulthood. A street kid, a disaffected outsider, an orphan. ROLE REQUIRES SEQUEL OPTION.
[HOWARD] Male, Caucasian. 50s. A refined European mobster who speaks fluent French.
[VERA] Female, any ethnicity, mid 20s-early 30s. Beautiful, smart, tough, fiery and unpredictable. ROLE REQUIRES SEQUEL OPTION.
Many have already theorised that ‘Mariya’ is most likely Bella Donna Boudreaux – and though it was reported that Léa Seydoux had joined the spinoff in this role back in 2015, it’s likely that the continually delayed filming has caused Seydoux to abandon the project. As for other characters, it’s thought that ‘Lewis’ is actually supervillain Mr. Sinister (whom Daniel Craig was rumoured to be playing), with ‘Carissa’ possibly being his younger sister Candra – the film’s rumoured villain.
We may not get any official casting news until the cameras start rolling on Gambit, so until then, who the character breakdowns are for is anyone’s guess.