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02.19.2008

Variety today confirmed the castings of Ryan Reynolds and Taylor Kitsch in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (the former as Deadpool and the latter as Gambit) while adding a new name to the mix: William J. Adams. Who?! He's perhaps better known by his stage name will.i.am while he's with the Black Eyed Peas. The rapper will make his acting debut in WOLVERINE in a role that has yet to be revealed (IESB now reports he'll be playing John Wraith/Kestrel one of the original members of the Weapon X program alongside Sabretooth and Silver Fox). At first I was beginning to enjoy these castings but now I'm wondering if Marvel and Fox are pushing this agenda at the expense of the script. Neither Gambit nor Deadpool were in the draft of the script I read which was 2/3 a great movie (the last act needed some work). Obviously Benioff (and perhaps an unnamed ghost writer) have been doctoring the script but how hard are they pushing to fit in cameos just for recognition sake (hey look it's Gambit!)? There's still plenty of casting to be announced so stay tuned for more as things develop from the New Zealand set...

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Extra Tidbit: Fan favorite Josh Holloway ("Lost") was offered the role of Gambit but turned it down saying it was too similar to Sawyer.
Source: Variety

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1:46PM on 02/20/2008

corny old gripe

lets not get on the whole "don't put rappers in movies" soapbox. it's been disproved too many times. if you don't like rap that's one thing, but time and time again rappers have given stellar performances and even been nominated for Oscars.

You same lames who hated that ludacris was in Fast and furious had to eat you words when he delivered in crash. Queen latifah, Will Smith, IceCube, Mark Wahlberg, Eminem, etc.

leave that argument back in 1993 where it belongs before you have to eat
lets not get on the whole "don't put rappers in movies" soapbox. it's been disproved too many times. if you don't like rap that's one thing, but time and time again rappers have given stellar performances and even been nominated for Oscars.

You same lames who hated that ludacris was in Fast and furious had to eat you words when he delivered in crash. Queen latifah, Will Smith, IceCube, Mark Wahlberg, Eminem, etc.

leave that argument back in 1993 where it belongs before you have to eat your words again.
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10:21AM on 02/20/2008

Will.I.AM HELL NO PLEASE

Will.i.am as John Wraith,(What The fuck.He's not even a novice rapper.with this casting choice I am starting to agree with Samuel Jackson about rappers(?) becoming actors;Speaking of which wouldn't Sam uel Jackson be great as John wraith/krestrel?
Will.i.am as John Wraith,(What The fuck.He's not even a novice rapper.with this casting choice I am starting to agree with Samuel Jackson about rappers(?) becoming actors;Speaking of which wouldn't Sam uel Jackson be great as John wraith/krestrel?
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4:33AM on 02/20/2008

Less Marvel-lous

With all the characters joining in with wolvie, it does sound like x-men 4.
I wonder if this would end up like all the [link] (Marvel) movies like Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Punisher, Elektra, Hulk, etc... (for the record, I still enjoyed Spider-Man 3)
With all the characters joining in with wolvie, it does sound like x-men 4.
I wonder if this would end up like all the [link] (Marvel) movies like Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Punisher, Elektra, Hulk, etc... (for the record, I still enjoyed Spider-Man 3)
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2:23AM on 02/20/2008

Why Mike

Mike Sampson, why have a picture of the person who's playing the least interesting character? WHY MIKE WHY?
Mike Sampson, why have a picture of the person who's playing the least interesting character? WHY MIKE WHY?
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11:26PM on 02/19/2008
Hopefully Gambit will appear in the last act of the film, maybe nearer to the time X1 takes place. That way it sets up the character for future films and doesn't waste him in a film that takes place 15 years before the franchise.
Hopefully Gambit will appear in the last act of the film, maybe nearer to the time X1 takes place. That way it sets up the character for future films and doesn't waste him in a film that takes place 15 years before the franchise.
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10:54PM on 02/19/2008

Who?!

I never heard of this rapper and I never heard of this charachter.
I never heard of this rapper and I never heard of this charachter.
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10:54PM on 02/19/2008

Gambit...

... is my least favorite X-man. He's got a decent power, but the charactor is lame. Hopefully Wolvie lays down an ass whooping on him. I'm with "X-KID" & "THESHADOWALKER" on the makers not going overboard with going all kitchen-sink with charactors. They need to distill it down to who is relevant to the story, and awesome fight scenes. Bigs set pieces are not needed, ie: Statue of Liberty & San Fran Bridge. He's the best at what he does, and what he does isn't nice. As for rappers and
... is my least favorite X-man. He's got a decent power, but the charactor is lame. Hopefully Wolvie lays down an ass whooping on him. I'm with "X-KID" & "THESHADOWALKER" on the makers not going overboard with going all kitchen-sink with charactors. They need to distill it down to who is relevant to the story, and awesome fight scenes. Bigs set pieces are not needed, ie: Statue of Liberty & San Fran Bridge. He's the best at what he does, and what he does isn't nice. As for rappers and acting; LL Cool Jay, Will Smith, Mos Def, they're entertainers. I'll take it on a case by case basis. Anybody know what issue Wraith/Kestrel premiered in?
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10:39PM on 02/19/2008

too. many. characters.


This "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" movie is starting to sound more and more like it's really just "X4: The Prequel to Xs 1, 2 & 3" (and maybe the studio's just afraid to call it X4 because X3 was just such a worthless disaster).

This "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" movie is starting to sound more and more like it's really just "X4: The Prequel to Xs 1, 2 & 3" (and maybe the studio's just afraid to call it X4 because X3 was just such a worthless disaster).
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8:52PM on 02/19/2008

Hold up

Please let this be rumor, I don't like the whole idea of rappers turned actors, especially in a Wolverine movie, but if he is in fact cast in this film, then he better get his acting right, I hope they don't pull off another X3 where they added way too much characters and lacked the emotion and heart from the previous two films, again i don't mind Gambit in this film but just because he's a fan favorite doesn't mean that he should be in this movie, they can always do an X4 and add him to the
Please let this be rumor, I don't like the whole idea of rappers turned actors, especially in a Wolverine movie, but if he is in fact cast in this film, then he better get his acting right, I hope they don't pull off another X3 where they added way too much characters and lacked the emotion and heart from the previous two films, again i don't mind Gambit in this film but just because he's a fan favorite doesn't mean that he should be in this movie, they can always do an X4 and add him to the original X-Men cast, but then again it's the makers of thesefilms who have the last word, I just hope they can make a good comeback after the not-so-good X3.
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8:34PM on 02/19/2008
Why would Gambit be in this? I don't remember him being connected to Weapon X in any continuity. That said, though, the addition of Wraith is awesome and though I would have preferred Carl Weathers, this is good casting, considering it is fifteen years prior.

Just hope the dude can act.
Why would Gambit be in this? I don't remember him being connected to Weapon X in any continuity. That said, though, the addition of Wraith is awesome and though I would have preferred Carl Weathers, this is good casting, considering it is fifteen years prior.

Just hope the dude can act.
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7:35PM on 02/19/2008
Okay, Deadpool is an awesome addition to the film, but Gambit? Seriously! This is f*cking "Wolverine!" Now, don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of the ragin' cajun, but the only reason I can see for him being in this movie is because (some) fans were pissed that he wasn't in "X3" (although if Multiple Man and "Psylocke" were any indication, he probably would've ended up as a Swedish bank teller, or some such shit). Kinda makes you wonder who else they'll throw into the mix. Dazzler? Havok?
Okay, Deadpool is an awesome addition to the film, but Gambit? Seriously! This is f*cking "Wolverine!" Now, don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of the ragin' cajun, but the only reason I can see for him being in this movie is because (some) fans were pissed that he wasn't in "X3" (although if Multiple Man and "Psylocke" were any indication, he probably would've ended up as a Swedish bank teller, or some such shit). Kinda makes you wonder who else they'll throw into the mix. Dazzler? Havok? F*cking Xorn? Yeesh ...
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6:58PM on 02/19/2008

sounds like a new X-Men franchise

Clever strategy by FOX. Surround the new Wolverine spin-off with newly introduced fan-favorites, and boom, a few years down the line you can wrangle a new X-Men saga from these supporting characters.
Clever strategy by FOX. Surround the new Wolverine spin-off with newly introduced fan-favorites, and boom, a few years down the line you can wrangle a new X-Men saga from these supporting characters.
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