Gambit: No, Daniel Craig WON'T Be Playing Mr Sinister (Sadly)

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Yesterday, a rumour came out of Splash Report suggesting that Daniel Craig was being considered to play the main villain in Channing Tatum's Gambit movie - Mr. Sinister. The classic villain was pulled firmly into focus when a rumoured synopsis appeared last month:

"We jump to 10 years later; Gambit is hired to do a job in Paris to steal something from the Louvre Museum. It was apparently a test job to see if he still has it. His mysterious employer is revealed to be Nathaniel Essex a.k.a. Mr. Sinister. He offers Gambit 40 million to recover a mysterious trunk that was stolen by the Boudreaux clan. It will be auctioned off during the yearly Thieves Ball where all the criminal organizations in the world meet up. It uses New Orleans’ Mardi Gras celebrations as a cover. Gambit decides to enlist a crew of mutants to pull off this seemingly impossible heist…"

It's a great suggestion to have Mr Sinister in there, and the idea of Daniel Craig playing him would be just as good, but it's unfortunately - apparently not true.

"Ace scooper" Umberto Gonzalez of The Wrap says that he's followed the trail and looked into the rumour, and it's not to be:

So that's that, seemingly. Nice while it lasted. Maybe now they can start looking at casting Bryan Cranston in the role as should always have been the case.

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