We all knew that Hugh Jackman was in it. And we'd heard that Liev Schreiber would probably be playing Sabretooth, but other than that news has been quiet on the X-Men Origins: Wolverine casting front.
First up, Joblo is reporting that Danny Huston, son of the legendary John Huston has signed up to play William Stryker, the character previously played by the great Brian Cox in X-Men 2.
IESB states that Lynn Collins, who has starred in such quality films as 13 Going on 30, The Number 23 and The Lake House will be starring as Wolverine's love interest Kayla Silverfox.
AICN is stating that fan favorite Ryan Reynolds will be playing Deadpool, apparently a cameo that will lead to his own spin-off film.
Meanwhile, Empire magazine is saying that Taylor Kitsch from TV's Friday Night Lights has snagged the role of Gambit, a character that X-Men fans have been waiting to see on the screen since before the birth of Christ (well, Mel Gibson's screen version at least).
There are also reports that The Blob will make an appearance in the film. The character will be huge, so HUGE in fact that he will be a combination of an actor in a fat suit and CGI. Yes you read that correctly.
So what does all this mean?
It means that I smell bad things cooking in the kitchen!
It looks like this film is going to be jam-packed with characters from the Marvel universe, and I don't think that this is a good thing.
It just seems to be one big excuse to set up other film franchises rather than explore the character of Wolverine. It appears as if Hugh Jackman doesn't care anymore about the character and he wants as little screen time possible with the biggest paycheck he can get.
Say it isn't so Hugh!!!
Marvel obviously wants to cross-reference every character that they can. I'm waiting for Howard the Duck to be cast at any minute. Quick (Quack), get on the phone to Danny De Vito's agent - ASAP!
Schreiber as Sabretooth I can live with. The guy is a great actor, he looks like my brother, sounds like Dustin Hoffman and I kind of feel sorry for the guy that the John Clark franchise (from the Tom Clancy novels) never panned out. Oh, and if the Sabretooth character is going to reappear, then at least he should be a good actor.
Danny Houston, looks like a Cox, so why not cast him. :-)
Lynn Collins is obviously generic female sidekick material, so why not. As for Ryan Reynolds... give the guy a film of his own if you want. Don't stick him in here.
The same goes for Gambit. Better still: plonk him in another, younger and cheaper X-Men film.
As for The Blob, well the less said about this idea the better. Fat suits and CGI? What a terrible combination. Hugh, didn't you learn anything from Van Helsing? Anything?Lets hope that it is a bad joke, or at the very least a plan that doesn't make it to the final product.
That's pretty much it for now, but don't be surprised if you see the entire Screen Rant team cast in X-Men Origins: Wolverine in the coming weeks. We all look good in Spandex!
X-Men Origins: Wolverine is scheduled to open on May 1st, 2009