The comic book movie gods giveth, and they taketh away. Just days after reports surfaced claiming that the Deadpool movie would feature a significant role for Piotr Rasputin a.k.a. Colossus of the X-Men series, now comes word that Daniel Cudmore won’t be reprising his role. Cudmore, who has now played the character in three different films, personally confirmed that Fox is looking to recast the part.
That news will open the doors to any number of possible responses, given Cudmore’s limited time on-screen and the changes made to the character’s origins. The shoes into which a new actor will have to step are admittedly hastily-sketched, but this could be just the first X-Men character to be re-imagined following the soft reboot brought by X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds may point to the existence of an actual script for the film as one reason why he feels more confident about this role than Green Lantern, but the existence of said script has its drawbacks. Namely, that it can be leaked, revealing the characters and story lines being chewed over by the writers and director. Unsurprisingly, it seems that when looking for an existing character in the X-Men shared universe to give Deadpool a run for his money, they arrived at Colossus: a nearly-invincible, super-strong man of steel.
Those who felt that the character (and Cudmore) were given a criminally small role to date rejoiced, but it was the 6’6″ Canadian actor who broke the bad news himself:
Though nowhere near as controversial as recasting a role like Wolverine, there will still be many who feel that Cudmore proved strong enough in his limited screen time to warrant a larger opportunity. But there’s no question that the most compelling aspect of the character – to this point, at least – has been the action possible once he mutates into his metallic form. It’s possible that the character’s transformation alone was enough to make him a fan-favorite, which may also be re-imagined for his new incarnation.
As the change gives Cudmore a chance to spend his time on other roles, the question now becomes: what other changes will be made to the character for his second life on the big screen? Comic fans have long criticized the decision to introduce ‘Piotr Rasputin’ as presumably an American, minus the Russian upbringing (a change applied to a few other characters in the films as well). If Colossus is going to be re-cast with a Russian actor playing a hero a bit closer to the one seen in the pages of Marvel Comics, fans may warm up to this news rather quickly.
It’s unclear if this new actor (or Colossus) will also appear in director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse (should the present day of the X-Men universe be shown) or if the recasting is a sign that Rasputin and Wade Wilson’s partnership could be more than a brief one. It might be too soon to hope that a more faithful version of Colossus could mean renewed interest in doing his relationship with Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) justice, but fans can certainly hope.
What are your thoughts on the news? Do you think Cudmore is getting a raw deal, or will you reserve judgement until a replacement actor is cast? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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