Well slap my ass and call me Shirley. Variety has finally confirmed all those “Wolverine” casting rumors, namely that Ryan Reynolds will be playing the mercenary killer Deadpool (with an eye toward a spin-off movie should the character prove popular, which he no doubt will), and Taylor Kitsch is the card-throwing mutant Gambit. Better start ditching the Texan accent for a Cajun one, Riggins.
Variety also confirms the other casting rumors: Lynn Collins as Wolverine’s lover, Silver Fox, and Liev Schreiber as the Victor Creed, aka Sabretooth. Plus, “30 Days of Night” vamp Danny Huston will be playing a young William Stryker.
There’s also a new addition: rapper will.i.am (nice name, jackass) of the “Black Eyed Peas” will be playing a character name Wraith, which according to a previous article I reported on, is a Vietnam buddy of Wolverine from, well, Vietnam. It’s also in that war that Wolverine first meets the civilian alter ego of the evil mutant The Blob.
So what does this all mean? For one, that character list I planned on keeping and maintaining about all the rumors surrounding the Wolverine movie is now useless. For another, I’m now convinced that the script by David Benioff, which director Gavin Hood will be working from, will jump through different eras in Wolverine’s life.
This is purely conjecture on my part, but how else are you going to feature both Deadpool and Gambit (both current mutant characters) and at the same time still travel backwards into Wolverine’s past, like Vietnam and his relationship with Creed?
Final thought: Get ready for the rumblings of a “Deadpool” movie, because there is no way in hades that Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool character won’t achieve uber geek success ala Darth Maul, Boba Fett, et al. In fact, I’m so sure of it, I’m going to list a possible “Deadpool” movie for 2010.