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Lea Seydoux Is Belladonna Boudreaux In X-Men's Gambit Spin-Off

Spectre stars lands hotly contested gig opposite Channing Tatum.

A couple of weeks ago it was announced that three major actresses were up for the part of Gambit's female lead, Belladonna Boudreaux aka Bella. In the mix were Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation's Rebecca Ferguson, Mad Max: Fury Road's Abbey Lee and Spectre actress Lea Seydoux. Now we're hearing that Seydoux has seen off the formidable competition, and been made an offer to star in the film. Bella is Gambit's childhood sweetheart turned professional rival, and fully capable of taking her former beau to task. Her part in the mythology is pretty important, so expect Seydoux to feature heavily as the capable and physically oriented heroine. The actress has a role in Bond outing Spectre and briefly popped up in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, but is still best known for Cannes darling Blue is the Warmest Colour. Her part in Gambit will probably change that.

Seydoux landing the part bodes well for her turn in Spectre, which is likely to have played a part in 20th Century Fox's and director Rupert Wyatt's (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) decision making process. It's unclear just how large her role is in the movie, but either way, she seems to have made an impression. You can next see Seydoux in Spectre which opens in the UK on 26th October 2015 and 6th November Stateside. Gambit is set for a universal bow on the 7th October next year.

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