Lizzy Caplan to Join X-Men Universe in ‘Gambit’

“Masters of Sex” star in talks to join Channing Tatum in undisclosed lead role

Lizzy Caplan
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Lizzy Caplan is in talks to star alongside Channing Tatum in Fox’s X-Men solo film “Gambit,” TheWrap has learned.

Caplan, who has an Emmy nomination for her work on “Masters of Sex,” would play the female lead in the film, but specifics of her role were not disclosed. Tatum will play the titular mutant superhero, who wields a bo staff and can throw energy-charged cards at his enemies and was a member of a thieves guild before reforming and joining the X-Men.

“Gambit” is the last of four X-Men films currently in development at Fox. The other three, which will be released in 2018, are Josh Boone’s horror film “The New Mutants,” David Leitch’s “Untitled Deadpool Sequel,” and Simon Kinberg’s “X-Men: Dark Phoenix.”

“Gambit” will be directed by Gore Verbinski and will be released on Valentine’s Day 2019. Fox declined to comment. Caplan is represented by WME and Rise Management.