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Lizzy Caplan joins Gambit cast, but as a hero or a villain?

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Nov 20, 2017

Last we heard about the Fox's Gambit film, starring Channing Tatum, Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski was attached to helm, with a target release date of Feb. 14, 2019. Now, we can add Emmy-nominated actress Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex, Mean Girls) to the production. Variety reports that Caplan is in talks to play the female lead in the film, though details are being kept secret for now. 

If Caplan is the female lead, the most logical character she could be playing is fellow mutant and longtime love interest Rogue, who has the ability to absorb the powers, strength, or memories of anyone she touches. Anna Paquin was the last woman to play Rogue, in Bryan Singer's early X-Men films.

But since there's no word on whom Caplan will play yet, we'll speculate about another possible role. Rumors have stirred about Candra the Benefactress, aka Red Death, being the film's antagonist.

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If the film incorporates Remy LeBeau's (aka Gambit's) origin, then Candra could be another possibility for Caplan. Candra is part of the Externals, a group of immortal mutants, and Candra is in charge of two New Orleans-based mutant gangs, the Assassins Guild and the Thieves Guild.

Candra uses her telekinetic powers to broker a deal with her two guilds to give them power and extended life in exchange for their protection of her. Gambit is one of the thieves who betrays her by traveling back in time to steal Apocalypse's Elixir of Life to save Bella Donna instead of Candra. There is also a well-known conflict between Rogue and Candra when Candra attempts to kill Rogue by traveling back in time to kidnap her first boyfriend, Cody, whom Rogue kissed and left in a coma. This would be the first instance when Rogue's powers manifested.

Candra could have a more long-term presence, too, since The Externals are potential villains of X-Force, which Drew Goddard is directing. 

Gambit has the mutant ability to channel kinetic energy and can transfer that energy into inanimate objects and throw them with deadly accuracy, and that's why he carries a deck of playing cards and a retractable bo staff.

Whom would you rather see Caplan play: Rogue or Candra?

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