Daniel Craig Eyed for 'Gambit' Villain

The Jamed Bond actor is considered to play the infamous Mr. Sinister in the long-delayed 'X-Men' spin-off that will be led by Channing Tatum.

AceShowbiz - Daniel Craig is reportedly wanted for the upcoming Gambit movie. According to Splash Report, the James Bond actor is considered to play the main baddie in the long-delayed "X-Men" spin-off. He is allegedly eyed to play the notorious Mr. Sinister.

The upcoming movie is rumored to follow the titular hero as he "is hired to do a job in Paris in which he has to steal something from the Louvre Museum. 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."

The Gambit solo movie has been in development hell for a long time. The character was first seen in a live-action feature film in 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine". He was played by Taylor Kitsch. The actor is expected to replaced by Channing Tatum in the upcoming film. Craig's "Spectre" co-star Lea Seydoux was once linked to play the female lead, Bella Donna Boudreaux. She's the hero's childhood friend in the comic books. It's unclear whether or not she's still attached to the role.

Rupert Wyatt was originally booked to direct the long-gestating project, but he dropped out. Doug Liman was later brought in as a resplacement but he, too, abandoned the movie. Rumor has it, the film suffered numerous delays due to script issues.

In a recent interview, Tatum admitted that the screenplay got reworked following the success of R-rated "X-Men" spin-offs like "Deadpool" and "Logan". "We got really lucky. We had a first draft it was good, but we were coming to at a time at that creative phase of [the X-Men], where these movies went through a bit of a paradigm shift, where the X-Men movies and the superhero movies with Logan and Deadpool really broke down a lot of doors for us," he said. "We were trying to do some things that we actually weren't allowed to do, and they just smashed down the doors, and now we're giving it a bit of a rethink."

The actor, however, was not sure if "Gambit" would be rated R like the Merc with a Mouth movie and the last Wolverine flick. "We're not quite going there, because I enjoyed Gambit as a kid so I don't want to rule out PG-13," so he explained.

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