“Gambit” has found its leading lady. Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex”) is currently in talks to join the upcoming “Gambit” solo film, which has been in development for what seems like eons. Channing Tatum (“Logan Lucky”) will star in the Marvel project as Gambit, a member of the X-Men with the ability to control kinetic energy and kick ass with a bō staff.
The womanizing ragin’ Cajun is more of an antihero in the Marvel world, previously belonging to the infamous Thieves Guild in New Orleans before turning to the light side. He previously appeared in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” played by Taylor Kitsch (“The Normal Heart”); after the film, Tatum took over the role and has been waiting in development hell ever since. As of now, “Pirates of the Caribbean” director Gore Verbinski will direct “Gambit” with 20th Century Fox producing, according to Variety.
Caplan’s possible role in “Gambit” has not been released, but according to io9 Gizmodo, previous speculations suggested that Bella Donna Boudreaux, the mutant leader of the Guild of Assassins (a rival to Gambit’s Thieves Guild), would be Gambit’s love interest in the film. Gambit’s also known for his on-again, off-again relationship with Rogue, so perhaps Caplan will be suiting up to play a member of the X-Men in “Gambit.”
Caplan earned an Emmy nomination for her work on “Masters of Sex,” and has made her name in Hollywood with “127 Hours,” “Now You See Me 2,” “Cloverfield” and more.
“Gambit” has a tentative premiere date of Feb. 14, 2019.