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09.23.2016

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It was only a matter of time before we were given the task of casting Nathaniel Essex aka Mister Sinister. His inclusion on the big screen was finally hinted at during the mysterious post-credit scene for X-MEN: APOCALYPSE with the reveal of “Essex Corp,” which naturally means the villain is on his way, but to which film? Writer/producer Simon Kinberg and director Bryan Singer revealed on the commentary track for Apocalypse that the villain will appear in WOLVERINE 3!

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Sinister is a ruthless man who has no compunctions about ruining the lives of others to get what he wants. He prefers to operate in the shadows, letting lackeys and unsuspecting dupes do his dirty work. He is arrogant, confident, and expects total obedience from his underlings. He is even known to have collaborated with members of the Nazi party! Needless to say, he’s an asshole.

Given the cast for the film is already in place, there are a number of choices for who could be playing the villain in the film, including Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, or even Stephen Merchant (probably not). We know that the primary villains for the film will include both The Reavers, as well as Wolverine’s favorite group: Weapon X. Sinister’s role in the film may not get the front of the stage treatment but would be tied to the creation of X-23, the young female clone of Wolverine, which makes the post-credit scene for Apocalypse make sense.

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So who could play the part? Although it’s probably cast, it could always be cast again for a later movie. The idea that Bryan Cranston could take on the role has been the most popular opinion on the internet it seems. He’s been itching for a part in a superhero movie and I think we can all agree it was a missed opportunity not casting him as Lex Luthor in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. He looks the part and it’s not even a question that he could bring his brand of intensity to the role. My other casting choices would be Jason Isaacs and Mark Strong; two actors who have (mostly) and should only be cast as villains. Do you remember how much of a dick Isaacs was in THE PATRIOT? Bring that to this role, turn it up to 11, and you got yourself a performance. Strong’s slow and yet intimidating role in SHERLOCK HOLMES always comes to mind when I think of him, it’s left an impact so he’s doing something right with those dead yes of his.

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Who do you think should have the role? Let us know below!

RESULTS FROM CAST THIS: Annie Wilkes - Allison Tolman, Cate BlanchettNaomi Watts

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Extra Tidbit: This is the last film in which Hugh Jackman will play Wolverine. He has cited his age and his skin cancer as factors in him retiring from the role.
Source: JoBlo.com

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9:51AM on 09/27/2016

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1:59AM on 09/25/2016
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2:53PM on 09/24/2016
Wouldn't mind seeing any of those three as a villain. Would love to see Mark Strong bounce back after the poor Green Lantern.
Wouldn't mind seeing any of those three as a villain. Would love to see Mark Strong bounce back after the poor Green Lantern.
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9:38AM on 09/24/2016

Isaacs or Strong are solid picks.

Another choice I can think of is Richard Armitage.
Another choice I can think of is Richard Armitage.
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6:52AM on 09/24/2016
Dominic West has a great villain face and the right accent for a Victorian character.
Dominic West has a great villain face and the right accent for a Victorian character.
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10:07PM on 09/23/2016

How about...

Haven't seen him in anything recently, but in his prime this role would have been good for Tim Curry. Hearing Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor makes me want to weep, he would have knocked that out of the park. Lex Luthor is strong, he's in control of himself and the characters around him. Jesse Eisenberg's tweaker take on the character was my least favorite part of that movie.
Haven't seen him in anything recently, but in his prime this role would have been good for Tim Curry. Hearing Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor makes me want to weep, he would have knocked that out of the park. Lex Luthor is strong, he's in control of himself and the characters around him. Jesse Eisenberg's tweaker take on the character was my least favorite part of that movie.
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2:13AM on 09/24/2016
The reason you haven't seen him in anything recently is because he is now sadly bound to a wheelchair. But I agree, he would have been great in his prime.
The reason you haven't seen him in anything recently is because he is now sadly bound to a wheelchair. But I agree, he would have been great in his prime.
10:43AM on 09/24/2016
Damn. I thought Tim Curry died.
Damn. I thought Tim Curry died.
8:08PM on 09/23/2016
Finally a good cast this column! Keep them coming just like this! As for Mr. Sinister how about Tom Cruise? Mr. Sinister looks just like a vampire and Cruise played a vampire in interview with a vampire.
Finally a good cast this column! Keep them coming just like this! As for Mr. Sinister how about Tom Cruise? Mr. Sinister looks just like a vampire and Cruise played a vampire in interview with a vampire.
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5:08PM on 09/23/2016
I still can't believe they're making Sinister a Wolverine villain (instead of him being liked to Cyclops and Jean Grey), but if I had to cast someone, I'd go with Jason Isaacs.
I still can't believe they're making Sinister a Wolverine villain (instead of him being liked to Cyclops and Jean Grey), but if I had to cast someone, I'd go with Jason Isaacs.
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4:29PM on 09/23/2016

ORRRRRRRRR......

Daniel Craig :) I havent seen him play a good villain since ROAD TO PERDITION :P
Daniel Craig :) I havent seen him play a good villain since ROAD TO PERDITION :P
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3:44PM on 09/23/2016
I would cast Donald Trump or Adolf Hitler. Either or, No difference.
I would cast Donald Trump or Adolf Hitler. Either or, No difference.
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3:42PM on 09/23/2016

You nailed it man

First off, excellent choice of subject for this film. Second, Sinister has always been my absolute favorite X-Men villain I decided long ago (like when X-Men: The Last Stand came out) that I'd want him played by Jason Isaacs, so very happy that he was listed as one of your picks.
First off, excellent choice of subject for this film. Second, Sinister has always been my absolute favorite X-Men villain I decided long ago (like when X-Men: The Last Stand came out) that I'd want him played by Jason Isaacs, so very happy that he was listed as one of your picks.
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3:35PM on 09/23/2016

Oh snap!

Robert Knepper :)
Robert Knepper :)
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3:22PM on 09/23/2016
Scott Adkins...

He is only one good character away from being a star.
Scott Adkins...

He is only one good character away from being a star.
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3:12PM on 09/23/2016
Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
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3:43PM on 09/23/2016
I like it.
I like it.
2:24PM on 09/23/2016
Mel Gibson. Because why not.
Mel Gibson. Because why not.
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1:41PM on 09/23/2016

My list (in no order)

Clive Owen
Sharlto Copley
Hugh Laurie/Grant
Clive Owen
Sharlto Copley
Hugh Laurie/Grant
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3:45PM on 09/23/2016
Have Hugh Laurie as Sinister and Hugh Grant as Stryker's son whose out for revenge on both Wolverine and Sinister, that way it can be Hugh vs. Hugh vs.Hugh, imagine the possibilities with the poster!
Have Hugh Laurie as Sinister and Hugh Grant as Stryker's son whose out for revenge on both Wolverine and Sinister, that way it can be Hugh vs. Hugh vs.Hugh, imagine the possibilities with the poster!
12:36PM on 09/24/2016
"Hugh-ever wins... We lose"
"Hugh-ever wins... We lose"
1:24PM on 09/23/2016
Lance Reddick. Out of the box.
Lance Reddick. Out of the box.
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12:45PM on 09/23/2016
TOM. CRUISE. get the guy some stilts or some crafty camerawork to make him seem taller and have him play it like an over the top, evil, egotistical bastard
TOM. CRUISE. get the guy some stilts or some crafty camerawork to make him seem taller and have him play it like an over the top, evil, egotistical bastard
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12:02PM on 09/23/2016
Somebody already suggested Ray Wise, and he's already got the look. I'll also throw in Richard Burgi.
Somebody already suggested Ray Wise, and he's already got the look. I'll also throw in Richard Burgi.
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11:53AM on 09/23/2016
Colin Firth - he has that certain enigmatic charisma that gives off both good guy and bad guy vibe at the same time.
Colin Firth - he has that certain enigmatic charisma that gives off both good guy and bad guy vibe at the same time.
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11:52AM on 09/23/2016
Ray Wise

I thought Sinister was already cast in Wolverine 3. Guess that's just a rumor.
Ray Wise

I thought Sinister was already cast in Wolverine 3. Guess that's just a rumor.
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3:47PM on 09/23/2016
Ray Wise already has a pretty big role in X-Men: First Class so I don't know if they'd cast him in another role.
Ray Wise already has a pretty big role in X-Men: First Class so I don't know if they'd cast him in another role.
11:47AM on 09/23/2016
While Oscar Isaac was never recognizable as Apocalypse, I really hope they go in a better direction with Nathaniel Essex. Bryan Cranston would definitely be fine in the role.
While Oscar Isaac was never recognizable as Apocalypse, I really hope they go in a better direction with Nathaniel Essex. Bryan Cranston would definitely be fine in the role.
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11:41AM on 09/23/2016
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
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11:03AM on 09/23/2016

Jude Law

I always thought he could play an awesome charismatic, sinister villain in a comic book film based off his past roles and films.
I always thought he could play an awesome charismatic, sinister villain in a comic book film based off his past roles and films.
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