This is not fresh news. It's been circulating since August 30th, but it hasn't quite caught on in a big way just yet.
There's quite a bit of skepticism with the Gambit movie and quite a few fans aren't all that confident in the choice of Channing Tatum in the role of the beloved mutant X-Men who debuted during the Copper Age of comics. However, this article isn't about that in the least.
It's not even really about the rumors that French actress Lea Seydoux just might step into the role of Marvel character Bella Donna. It's about who is this Bella Donna character and how she is tied to the New Orleans Remy Etienne LeBeau, better known as Gambit.
So for those of ya who are not hardcore fans of Gambit, Bella Donna Boudreaux was the childhood friend of Remy LeBeau. At the time they formed their friendship, both did not know they part of warring Guilds.
Rewind to a bit of Gambit's past. As a baby, Lemy was kidnapped from the hospital he was born and was later raised by the LeBeau clan, a clan that was part of the Thieves' Guild in New Orleans.
Jean Luc LeBeau was head of the Thieves' Guild and Remy's adopted father.
Gambit was prophesied to unite the warring Assassins' and Thieves' Guilds. To reconcile the Guilds, Remy and Bella Donna Boudreaux were married, but it was short-lived.
Bella Donna Boudreaux and Remy had met when they were eight years old, and she was the grand-daughter of the head Assassin. After the betrothal, Bella's brother Julien Boudreaux challenged Remy to a duel in which Remy won and unfortunately ended him.
For his crime, the man that would become Gambit was exiled from the city. So, with the character of Bella Donna being in the Gambit movie, can we speculate a bit here?
Will the Guilds play an important role in this Gambit flick? Maybe. There's a high possibility.
So Bella Donna first appeared in X-Men #8 from the 2nd series in which she find Gambit, now an X-Men, to persuade him in returning to New Orleans because warfare among the Guilds has increasingly become brutal. Supposedly, Gambit is the only one who can restore the peace.
Important issue as this reveals Gambit's early origins for the first time, and Gambit does explain to the X-Men team of how he is connected to the rivalry. Julien also makes his first appearance in flashback in that issue. Will this play out in the movie since Bella Donna is being cast for the film?
If so, let's talk a bit about some more characters that could pop up in the film. There is the Assassins Guild founder Candra, sometimes spelled Kandra. She debuted in Gambit #1 published December, 1993, and is an External.
Candra is an important character in Gambit's mythos as she is an important character to both the Assassins' and Thieves' Guilds. She was a power broker for the two, exchanging abnormally long life and other certain powers for monetary tribute. Gambit would break the deal between Candra and the Guilds, thus making Gambit a hated enemy to her.
Also, Gambit #1 has the introduction or 1st appearance of Jean Luc Lebeau, leader of the Thieves' Guild.
In terms of the leader of the Assassins' Guild, this title belongs to Marius Boudreaux who is Bella Donna's father. He first appears in Gambit #2 and is the one who agreed to the marriage of Remy and Bella Donna.
However, he is dead in current continuity and Bella Donna later took leadership of the Assassins' Guild in New Orleans, so there is a chance he may not end up in the flick, and the Gambit movie could start out with the character of Bella Donna already taking leadership.
Nevertheless, the first Gambit #1 through #4 limited series during 1993 is an important series that further explains the rivalry between the Guilds and Candra's involvement between the two. If this Gambit flick is to take place in New Orleans, you can be pretty darn sure we'll be seeing the Guilds on the big screen pretty soon.
Time to rummage through your collection to see if you got any of these to dump when there's more news and heat about the movie. If you're on the hunt, these might be some good ones to snag up real quick for some flipping.
May want to look in the X-Men bargain boxes at your local or a comic con also. Right now X-Men #8 from the 2nd series hasn't blown up near the $20 mark for high grade raw copies and neither has Gambit #1 yet, so if you can still get 'em super cheap, they may be good to flip if or once they heat up more.
Just some more speculation goodness brought to you by Total Comic Mayhem. Good luck and happy hunting or selling!