With out Director Bryan Singer on X-Men will the franchise fall as the old Batman movies did? We will have to wait to find out.
Matthew Vaughn was supposed to take the reins of X3 and I was excited about it.Vaughn has most recently directed "Layer Cake". He has also produced
such films as "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" and "Snatch."
Unfortunately last month it was announced that he had dropped out of the film.
Brett Ratner, director of the Rush Hour films, is now directing X3. Here is what he had to say on
"I'm not Joel Schumacher," he said of the fan-despised director behind "Batman Forever" and the even more poorly received "Batman &
Robin," "and I'm not ... um ... who did the third Superman?"
That would be Richard Lester. "I'm Brett," Ratner said, "and all I know is what I know, what I can do and what I have to work with."
It looks like fans disagree. There is already a online petition against him.
So what cast and characters will be back?
Nightcrawler, one of my favorite x-men, is out. They say they had to drop Nightcrawler because they had too many characters. Likely they didn't want
to many blue people running around.
Beast is in and will be played by Kelsey Grammer
Visually the casting choice here doesn't impress me but Grammer's voice practically exists to play the Beast.
Returning (signed) cast will include:
Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Halle Berry (Storm), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman), Patrick Stewart (Xavier), Rebecca Romijn (Mystique), Famke Janssen (Jean Grey/
Phoenix), and Aaron Stanford (Pyro).
James Marsden (Cyclops), Anna Paquin (Rogue), and Ian McKellan (Magneto) have been said to return but official announcements have not yet been
Daniel Cudmore (Colossus), Kelly Hu (Deathstrike), Kea Wong (Jubilee) are all under contract to be in an X-men sequel. Their actual appearance will
depend on the script itself.
Vinnie Jones will be joining the cast as the unstoppable Juggernaut.
Having the Juggernaut in this film guaranties amazing visuals.
That is all I got for now. More posts will be made as official announcements come in the future.
X-Men: The Last Stand trailers and ads
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[edit on 12/5/2006 by Umbrax]