With a release date set for October of next year, Rupert Wyatt’s Gambit movie is expected to go into production very soon… but at this point it seems like the film still has a lot of stuff to take care of in pre-production. Set to play the titular mutant, a.k.a. Remy LeBeau, Channing Tatum is currently the only actor attached to the project, and it’s extremely unlikely that 20th Century Fox plans to keep it that way. But who exactly will the characters be that surround the A-lister in the future comic book blockbuster? Today it seems that the future is a little less hazy.
In addition to saying that filming is planning to begin in New Orleans this fall, Showbiz 411 claims to have gotten its hands on a casting call for Gambit. The site has a list of 14 names in total – some obviously being much smaller roles than others – but there are four code-named descriptions in particular that stand out in the list, one of which may point at the film’s central antagonist. Let’s dive deeper into this, shall we?
Louis– Male, any ethnicity, 40s-50s. Elegant and intelligent. An appealing entrepreneur with an unexpected dark side.
First up, let’s look at the description on the casting call list, and the role that I’m speculating could wind up being the key villain in Gambit: I think "Louis" is none other than Nathaniel Essex a.k.a. Mr. Sinister. The cloning obsessed scientist/human mutate already has an interesting history with the Raging Cajun - having originally hired the young thief to steal special diaries from the Weapon X program. The description matches the supervillain to a T, and the bonus of introducing him in this film is that you have him established in the world for future X-Men universe adventures.
Bella Donna Boudreaux
Vera– Female, any ethnicity, mid 20s – early 30s. Beautiful, smart, tough, fiery and unpredictable.
Based on the list, it seems that this will be the female lead role in Gambit, and it makes sense that it’s Bella Donna Boudreaux – a childhood friend of Remy LeBeau’s. The drama in their relationship comes from the fact that they are a bit star-crossed, with Remy being a part of the Thieves Guild and Bella Donna being granddaughter of the lead assassin in the Assassin’s Guild. In an attempt to unite the two groups, Remy and Bella Donna’s fathers try to arrange them to be married, but this doesn’t go too well because of the actions of Bella Donna’s brother…
Nash– Male, any ethnicity, mid 20s – early 30s. A potent threat. Heir to his mother’s business. Malevolent.
Based on the descriptions featured here, I’m thinking that "Nash" is actually Julien Boudreaux – a.k.a. Bella Donna’s brother. After the aforementioned marriage, Julian winds up challenging Remy to a duel, and to avoid potential spoilers for the Gambit movie I won’t mention exactly what winds up going down. Just know that it’s really not good and causes quite a bit of drama.
Fritz– Male, any ethnicity, 40s – 50s. A professional thief. Charismatic con-artist. Warm hearted but untrustworthy.
Finally we come to what I believe to be the fourth most interesting entry on the list - a role that I think is secretly Jean-Luc LeBeau. As you might have been able to guess from the last name, Jean-Luc is Gambit's adopted father - having taken the kid in after the young thief attempted to pick his pocket. He’s a leader of the Thieves Guild, and while he did great things to raise Remy, you can never trust a thief.
I can’t confirm whether or not any of these guesses are accurate, but they make sense within the context of Gambit’s history in the comics. Take a look at the full list for yourself, and see if you can’t pluck out some other familiar characters!