The news is flowing fast and furiously on the upcoming Gavin Hood-directed X-Men spinoff X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Hugh Jackman is reprising the role that made him famous and USA Today had the first official pic of the flick.
He goes on to spill some beans that this would be an expansive mutant story. By the way, how do we not know if Hugh Jackman is on roids? Can someone in Congress investigate this?
Jackman is tight-lipped on plot details, though he says the film will hardly be a one-mutant story.
Wolverine’s nemesis Sabretooth “is going to play a big part in it. And there will be a good bit of cameos” of new and familiar mutants, he says. “But you can’t give too much away, because fans are pretty hard-core. Their expectations go up a level every time you come out with a new film.”
And shit he’s not kidding. We already know that Liev Schreiber has been cast as Logan’s nemesis Sabretooth and Danny Huston is going to portray a younger William Stryker (first seen as Brian Cox in X2).
IESB has reported that the role of Logan’s love interest, and the only female victim of the Weapon X program, Silverfox, has been nabbed by Lynn Collins and today we find out that they are openly casting for the role of the ginormous Blob, who’s skin and blubber are unpenetrable. Top that off with news, according to AICN, that Ryan Reynolds is jumping into the role of Deadpool.
UPDATE: According to Superherohype the role of Gambit, aka Reny LeBeau has been cast.? He’ll be played by Friday Night Lights actor Taylor Kitsch.? Kitsch is Tim Riggins on the show.? Whew, that’s a lot to digest.
Also unconfirmed is a possible cameo of sorts by the ragin’ cajun Gambit. Though that is only conjecture on the part of the internet and I would argue that to inlcude him would only serve to bog down the film with too many mutants.
But back to Ryan Reynolds. Everyone talks about him as this guy who hasn’t quite caught the break he needs to jump into the A-List, but I would say in some regards he’s already there. Or at least on the B+ list. He can’t carry a picture yet or have a strong opening box office weekend based upon his name, but he’s a viable leading man under the age of 40.
He’s been making a name for himself for quite a while now and has already turned in a few solid performances (Van Wilder, The Nines, Smokin’ Aces, Just Friends). I think most people would agree that he’s a charismatic actor, and certainly has that smarmy-comedy thing down pat.
We also know that he got bulked up to play a very similar action role of Hannibal King in Blade Trinity. Same tone as that character, except Deadpool is a mutant assassin. And a third-tier Marvel mutant at that, commonly referred to as “the merc with a mouth.” Reynolds has been circling this role for the past five years and was originally attached with David Goyer to bring a feature film of the character to the screen.
So is this Marvel’s attempt to launch a franchise or merely a snazzy Easter egg for comic book dorks like myself? Probably both. Let me just say this now though, a Deadpool movie requires a steady hand to guide it to the screen, especially since the character is known to break the fourth wall and spout out snappy pop culture references and is also a psychotic and violent mercenary. And that means the movie could come off hokey or pretty awesome.
Only time will tell.