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And will.i.am joins as Wraith

20 February 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: Variety

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine (they need to change that title, and fast) has been adding cast members in a berserker frenzy this week – and today saw two more confirmed for the Marvel/Fox movie. One of them is a surprise, the other is confirmation of a rumour that’s been circulating for months.

As expected, and as we said yesterday (in the story to the right of this one), Ryan Reynolds will be signing on as Deadpool, the fast-talking, wise-cracking mutant mercenary with a healing factor, teleportation pack, array of weapons and larger array of one-liners. It’s a perfect role for Reynolds, and the hope seems to be that the character will spin-off into his own movie (if this movie is Laverne And Shirley, think of it as Joanie Loves Chachi… or, perhaps, don’t).

The surprise is the casting of Black Eyed Peas frontman, will.i.am, who will be taking on his first film role as John Wraith, another Weapon X-created mutant who can, unlike Deadpool, teleport under his own steam.

This would seem to indicate that the Gavin Hood-directed Wolverine will focus largely on the Weapon X portion of Logan’s (once again to be played by Hugh Jackman) life, pre X-Men. And we’re all for that.

The one note of caution we would sound is that, with the addition of Gambit, Deadpool, and Wraith to the already mentioned Sabretooth, Silver Fox and Blob, that the movie might lose its focus on the title character. But we’ll see – we’re sure Jackman, who’s also producing along with Lauren Shuler Donner, Ralph Winter and his producing partner, John Palermo, has things under control.

And hey, comic book fans, rejoice – at last we’re going to see Deadpool, Gambit and Sabretooth done right. What’s not to love? Oh yeah – the title. Well, there’s time enough to do something about that before its release next year.

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RE: warning: dangerous levels of sarcasm
L: jimoakley666 Hopefully Creed, Deadpool and Wraith will be part of Team X, Wolverine's pre-X-Men, pre-Weapon Ten, crew. And not have a huge part in the movie. If thats the case then we should expect the inclusion of Mavrick / Agent Zero and Mastodon soon. Although Deadpool wasn't on their team (he was sloppy seconds) and Wraith-man was their point man, not an operative. ee. Toldya. Agent Zero cast. More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 10:48 on 22 February 2008 | Report This Post

SCABBY FACE!
Will Deadpool wear his mask? cos his face is seriously screwed up. He always describes his mask as his true face! The man is cool but fugly!! More

Posted by sinj at 16:02 on 21 February 2008 | Report This Post

Hooray.
Reynolds can be all, "hey Wolvie, why don't you ever blink" and "Why don't you like me, is it because I am wiseass? But that is very funny" just like Blade 3. Which was great. Hooray. More

Posted by Lupin 3 at 14:57 on 21 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
if its anything like the ORIGINAL wolverine comics with abit of the style from the more, graphic, art farty issues that have been out. it will do wolfy justice. he is seriously over rated though, looking forward to see what jackman as producer will do to this classic though. More

Posted by HarryHavoc at 14:27 on 21 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
This film is going to be shit. More

Posted by JRockwell at 13:19 on 21 February 2008 | Report This Post

hmmmm, i don t like reynolds. well, i havnt likedany of his movies that much. he does appear to be good for deadpool, i just hope that they remember he is actually a twisted violent badguy working with the goodguys as it were, not some go lucky onelining tool. i love hi8m so he better be good, same with gambit actually. as for the title, as has been said..... More

Posted by drake22 at 22:11 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

I agree that the title needs attention. Wolverine is a no nonsense, no frills, no bullshit character. That title is simply too unweildy and does not fit. Wolverine: Weapon X as somone suggested, is better if this is indeed the story thread they are pursuing. Gotta say it: what is wil.i.am doing in this? A guy who has neve acted before! The casting so far has been sublime Reynolds - (spot on), Huston, Schreiber. He'll be acted off the screen. The Dark Knight and Iron Man look set to raise the bar More

Posted by Deacon Frost at 20:10 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Re: The Title
La la, la la la, not listening to any of you, no matter what the title this will be as cool as a poo in a freezer. More

Posted by kinge247 at 19:42 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Re: The Title
L: Chris Hewitt It is my opinion - and the opinion of several other Empire geeks - that the title is too cluttered, and there's no need to crowbar X-Men in there. Most people know who Wolverine is, and those who don't will know him by the time of the film's release. I intend to mount a campaign, starting here and now, to have the name changed to, simply, Wolverine. As for Reynolds' casting, well, he's a star, and so you'd have to assume that Deadpool is either the second or third lead More

Posted by lukeyboy at 18:18 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: warning: dangerous levels of sarcasm
L: Adrian makes me laugh the way not a single comic book movie can be made without every single decision made on it lambasted to the Nth degree. no doubt if the number of characters were reduced, or the title actually shortened to just Wolberine, you lot'd still bitch, whine and moand, even though it'd be exactly what you'd asked (I use the word in its loosest possible sense) for. I seem to remember a lot of whining about the X-Men suits too. What'd you prefer? Yellow spandex? More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 17:50 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: warning: dangerous levels of sarcasm
Hopefully Creed, Deadpool and Wraith will be part of Team X, Wolverine's pre-X-Men, pre-Weapon Ten, crew. And not have a huge part in the movie. If thats the case then we should expect the inclusion of Mavrick / Agent Zero and Mastodon soon. Although Deadpool wasn't on their team (he was sloppy seconds) and Wraith-man was their point man, not an operative. More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 17:46 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: warning: dangerous levels of sarcasm
L: Adrian Well I guess you all know best huh? I mean... you lot have certainly starred in and produced numerous top-level movies havent you. oh... you haven't? well, i am surprised. sp; I do love the logic of that argument "Think you can do better? No? Well then SHUDDUP!"   To show how stupid that idea is, think about it like this: You go into a restaurant, and order a nice, elaborate meal. Instead, you receive an unplucked, recently beheaded chicken, still-frozen vegetables, More

Posted by the ageless stranger at 17:30 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: warning: dangerous levels of sarcasm
And it makes ME laugh the way, any time people who are passionate about something such as a comic sound off when they (justifiably, given a few past examples) express anxieties over a film adaptation of said comic book being potentially shit, some holier-than-thou twot ambles along onto these forums with the 'you-haven't-made/starred in/produced/edited-any-movies-and-therefore-are-not-all owed-a-valid-opinion' argument in an attempt to belittle everyone. It's almost like these people do More

Posted by sowasred2012 at 16:50 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

warning: dangerous levels of sarcasm
makes me laugh the way not a single comic book movie can be made without every single decision made on it lambasted to the Nth degree. no doubt if the number of characters were reduced, or the title actually shortened to just Wolberine, you lot'd still bitch, whine and moand, even though it'd be exactly what you'd asked (I use the word in its loosest possible sense) for. I seem to remember a lot of whining about the X-Men suits too. What'd you prefer? Yellow spandex? And the initial hiring More

Posted by Adrian at 16:18 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

maybe the title signafies the start of a new X-MEN thing do the origins and make the definative X-MEN movie More

Posted by OPtimusPrIMEruLES at 16:12 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

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This Films getting way to cluttered. long ass title and too many characters. Hope they know what they're doing.   I'd like to join the movement to have the name reduced to just wolverine More

Posted by livewire at 14:38 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

Gambit, Deadpool, Sabretooth, Will.I.A-..? Owwwwkeeeey, It started out so well, but what the hey is Will.I.Am doing in here? Find your own movie, you Black Eyed Pea! More

Posted by Bluehawk at 13:33 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

Xmen: Origins : Wolverine
leave 'em alone. they're just paving the way for Xmen: Origins : Deadpool, Xmen: Origins : Cable, Xmen: Origins : Gambit, Xmen: Origins : Cyclops, Xmen: Origins : Magneto, Xmen: Origins : APOCOLYPSE!! quote me. More

Posted by ollyman69 at 13:26 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

Why not call it...
....WOLVERINE: Weapon X , That sounds better. More

Posted by tallaght24 at 13:11 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

Calm yee, calm...
They're no doubt running a tight ship with this one. Like the man Hewitt says, with Jackman producing things will be done right. Plus he's really come into his element recently with great turns in The Fountain (yeah, yeah, marmite haters go ahead and slam it as 'duh, I'm not intellectually competent enough to understand therefore I'll dub as 'pretentious'. The classic cop out comment. Er-herm, sorry. Strictly comic book, strictly comic book, strictly comic book. I digress...) and The Prestige, More

Posted by badbehaviour at 11:22 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Reynolds Is Deadpool In Wolverine
Excellent news. Perfect casting. As I already mentioned in the thread concerning Gambit's appearance in the film, I was really hoping that the rumour of Reynolds' inclusion as Deadpool was true, and now it's been confirmed. There have been a lot of rumours circling around for a while that Deadpool would get his own film, hopefully the appearance in the Wolverine film is a way of introducing the lesser known character to the public.   More

Posted by Kazuya at 10:13 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

Will Everyone Just Chill Out?
'Ooh! There's too many characters in there now! Ryan Reynolds MUST be at least the second main character in this film! The title is shit!' Come on, the title should calm at least some of you down when coupled with some of this information 'X-Men ORIGINS: Wolverine'. Logan's got one of the most complicated origins ever, and from what I can tell (based on the information released so far), they're at least skimming over the origin presented in 'Origin', if not ignoring it entirely, and focusing More

Posted by sowasred2012 at 10:10 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

Black Eyed Peas man in Wolverine film?
My enthusiasm level just fell about seven notches. Why not throw Fergie in there as Silver Fox, let her wee all over the place and finish the deal. Also, I agree, there are too many other characters in there. Is this Wolverine's story or not? Right now it's just sounding like another X-Men film, which on it's own would be no bad thing, but for something they're packaging as the origin of the most mysterious character, it just sounds like he going to spend most of his time scrapping. More

Posted by the ageless stranger at 10:05 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

Nice
Reynolds should be cast in everything he's brilliant. I just hope that Deadpool gets a spin off himself to allow Ryan to do his thing. More

Posted by SorryIndy at 09:58 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Re: The Title
*Prays for a Cable & Deadpool movie*   Ooooh I love Deadpool and Ryan is spot on to play him assuming he can get the whole completely nuts things, although I suppose this is Deadpool pre-cancer? So maybe he doesn't have to be nuts just yet.    More

Posted by Kilo_T_Mortal at 09:41 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

Re: The Title
It is my opinion - and the opinion of several other Empire geeks - that the title is too cluttered, and there's no need to crowbar X-Men in there. Most people know who Wolverine is, and those who don't will know him by the time of the film's release. I intend to mount a campaign, starting here and now, to have the name changed to, simply, Wolverine. As for Reynolds' casting, well, he's a star, and so you'd have to assume that Deadpool is either the second or third lead. So some of the focus w More

Posted by Chris Hewitt at 09:17 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

Liev?
Errrrm! Please tell me I'm wrong but Sabretooth is being played by... Liev Schreiber? The bloke outta Scream and Manchurian Candidate? I'm wrong right? He doesnt strike me as a mass murdering giant psycho-nut-job of the comics. Tyler Maine was a horrible mute shadow of the comic wise-cracking killer, but he did have the right kinda size. Please, someone correct me! :O( More

Posted by scottbatty1 at 09:10 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Reynolds Is Deadpool In Wolverine
With all these characters, they will HAVE to change the title. Not to Wolverine, but to X-Factor.   And before you all point this out, yes I know, besides Deadpool none of them really starred in that series. So back away from the keyboards now and hug an action figure. There's a good geek. More

Posted by hawkeye10 at 08:35 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

This is awesome news, but am I the only one who still thinks it's a shame he's not The Flash? More

Posted by Rocket 3000 at 08:33 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

this projectreally seems to be getting cluttered with characters. lets hop the focus stays of logan More

Posted by Nalfeshnee at 07:40 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

Whats up...
with the title? Am I the only person that likes the title. It gives the film an epic feel! More

Posted by Kirky at 07:38 on 20 February 2008 | Report This Post

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