Masters of Sex and Mean Girls star Lizzy Caplan has entered talks to be cast as the female lead in Channing Tatum-led X-Men spin off Gambit.

The film, set to begin filming early next year, under the direction of Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski has been on Fox’s slate for a while, and has only now begun moving forward. After going through a number of directors and a complete script overhaul with the success of Logan and Deadpool, this is the furthest Gambit has come in years, which means that Caplan’s interest should stick, assuming she closes the deal with Fox’s mutant franchise.

Variety has confirmed today that Caplan is in talks to play Gambit’s female lead, and though the details of the character are being kept under-wraps, it’s widely believed that the character in question is Bella Donna Boudreaux (referred to as ‘Mariya’ in the official casting call), a character that Léa Seydoux was originally attached to play in an early version of the project.

Bella Donna Boudreaux in the X-Men comicbooks is someone who Gambit meets as a child and becomes friends with, only for them to grow up and become members of rival criminal guilds. It hasn’t been confirmed that Bella will be in the live-action Gambit movie, the description of the female lead as a “tall, stunning and willowy, a Parisian glamour girl” certainly fits the character. Plus, the nature of the relationship between the two characters would definitely fit in with the film’s hope to distance itself from the rest of the superhero movies out there.

Hopefully, with the film moving ever-closer to the start of production, this will be the first of many potential castings.

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