Daniel Craig Could Play Villain In X-Men Movie

Mr. Sinister might be played by James Bond actor in the Gambit movie!

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Gambit Film May Include Daniel Craig As Mr. Sinister!

Gambit Film May Include Daniel Craig As Mr. Sinister!

According to Splash Report, Craig is being considered to play the main villain in the X-Men film Gambit starring Channing Tatum as the title character. That main villain is rumored to be the classic X-Men villain Mr. Sinister. Created by Chris Claremont and Marc Silvestri in Uncanny X-Men #221 in 1987, Sinister, is the brilliant but amoral geneticist Nathaniel Essex who causes a lot of problems for the X-Men in the comics. He was teased in the mid-credits scene of X-Men Apocalypse when we see a briefcase full of mutant DNA labeled Essex Corp which is his own evil corporation. Craig would be brilliant in the role and seeing him play the villain would be fun especially against Tatum's charming and cunning Gambit. 

The plot synopsis for the film sates, "Remy Lebeau (Channing Tatum) is on trial in New-Orleans. He’s considered a huge security risk. We flashback to almost 25 years before. Master thief Luke Lebeau runs into eight-year-old Gambit while doing a heist. Impressed by his skills, he offers to take the mutant orphan under his wings. Raised alongside other strays he calls “cousins”, the teenage Gambit becomes the superstar of the Thief Guild. He encounters Bella Donna Boudreaux while on the run from the police. Sparks immediately fly since Bella is also a fellow mutant. Their love is directly prohibited by both families since the Boudreaux are sworn enemies of the Lebeau clan. Deciding to unite the two sides, Remy offers to have the two clans team up on a HUGE heist to profit both families. Of course, the whole plan goes awry, and in the chaos, Maryanne Boudreaux shoots and kill Luke Lebeau. We jump to 10 years later; Gambit is hired to do a job in Paris to steal something from the Louvre Museum. It was apparently a test job to see if he still has it. 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…"

In October 2014, Josh Zetumer was hired to write the screenplay for a film about the character Remy LeBeau / Gambit based on the treatment by comic-book writer Chris Claremont. In June 2015, Rupert Wyatt was then hired to direct but left in September due to schedule conflicts. In November, Doug Liman was in final negotiations to direct the film. However, in August 2016, Liman left the project to direct Dark Universe. The film will star Channing Tatum in the lead role while Donner, Kinberg, Tatum and Reid Carolin are attached as producers. Kinberg stated that filming will start in early 2018 with the intent being that the film will be the start of multiple installments focusing on Gambit. In August 2017, Tatum said the script is being rewritten. The character appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009 played by Taylor Kitsch.

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