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December 29 2007

Buffy actor possibly playing major X-men role In Wolverine spin-off. Bailey Chase hinting that he will be playing Gambit in X-Men Origins:Wolverine.

No offense to Bailey Chase, but I've been silently praying since the last X-Men movie for Josh Holloway (Sawyer from Lost) to get that role. He'd really be perfect for it.
Gambit? YAY! Finally!
I don't get the impression this is very legit, but I guess we'll wait and see. I'm an X-Men fan, but I don't recall Gambit ever being very important in Wolverine's background.
Bailey Chase is great as Graham in BtVS.

He always has this awesome stare on his face. LOL.
About Sawyer playing Gambit (not that I am aganist it) but a southern accent is not the same as a cajun accent. Huge difference. Although he has that dirty bad boy thing that Gambit should have.
Bailey is quite a good looking man in that chisled perfection kind of way and I wish him the best in the world and if he can do the accent I am all for it, although Gambit should be way younger than either of these guys and shouldn't appear in a Wolverine solo flick but that's neither here nor there.
I'm sure I remember James Marsters being "linked" with this role for X-Men 3.
He's a little too "all-american" looking to pull off the sexy cajun's role (IMO).

We are at a disadvantage when it comes to predicting how they will make Gambit fit into the Wolverine "story," since the movies in no way follow the actual comic books, it will be interesting to see how they make it work.
I'm from New Orleans on the fringe of the film community here and I already know they're making a good chunk of the movie down here. Rumors had been it was because of Gambit being in the Wolverine movie. I think this confirms it. As far as casting goes, due to Tyler Mane's death, I'd really rather Sawyer (Josh Holloway) as Sabretooth. I think his accent works better for that character and hair color and look are more accurate. And think of Josh and Hugh Jackman playing off one another. For Gambit, I don't really see Chase working, I kinda wanted Louisiana born Ian Somerhaulder (Boone from Lost) as Gambit, personally. But that was when I was still holding out for the Gambit/Rogue thing.
Yeah,they are going to use these spin-off films to bring in other popular mutants.The recent FOX press release pretty much confirmed that was the plan.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is set to star Jackman and will be directed by Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Rendition). The producers are Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter (who produced all three previous "X-Men" films), along with Jackman and his Seed Prods. producing partner, John Palermo. The film will be executive produced by Marvel Films' Kevin Feige.

Leading up to the events of X-Men, X-Men Origins: Wolverine written by David Benioff (The Kite Runner, Troy) tells the story of Wolverine's epically violent and romantic past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed, and the ominous Weapon X program. Along the way, Wolverine encounters many mutants, both familiar and new, including surprise appearances by several legends of the X-Men universe.

I heard Gambit being connected to this film for a while.There has also been recent talk that Ryan Reynolds is going to play Deadpool in this film too.
Agree that Bailey Chase is a bit too clean-cuttish to be Gambit. I used to think the perfect guy would be Harry Connick Jr. but he's too old now. Josh Holloway would be good now that you mention it. So would Josh Hartnet and Josh Brolin.

Gosh, just about any Josh would fit the bill ;)
Whoa, back up...Tyler Mane is dead? When did that happen? I can't find any info on it, and neither IMDB or Wikipedia mention anything about him dying...PuppetDoug, where did you hear this?
Wouldn't have expected Gambit in the Wolverine movie, but wouldn't mind seeing him on the big screen.

I'd be less surprised (and more excited) by an X-23 appearance, who else but Summer Glau would be perfect for that part (I'll take any chance I can to mention this in case the producers happen to be reading).
Oooh Summer as X-23 is beautiful casting, but I think they already covered the "female Wolverine" ground with Deathstryke in X-Men 2. I also agree that Ian Somerhaulder would be the sexiest Gambit, and I wish they would include Rogue in this movie merely because she got effed over by the writers in X3. Redemption for Rogue!
I wish they would include Rogue in this movie merely because she got effed over by the writers in X3.

Pardon the rantiness here, but Rogue got effed over the entire trilogy. If they actually would have attempted to include her real storyline, it would have made the movies that much more interesting. [/rant over]

Sorry about that, but growing up, Rogue was one of the first strong female characters I identified with. Her treatment in the films is a pet peeve of mine.

And I do know that just because he's from the south (I believe he's actually from Georgia) doesn't mean he can play a Cajun, theMidnighter. But like you said, it's the attitude. And it seems like I remember that he was being considered for the role at one point, back when they were still thinking about putting Gambit in the third film.
It could be Cannonball.

Southern. Charming. Starts out sweet and goes sour.

Given Wolverine's slow aging, we might be seeing other immortal-ish types.
RE: Tyler Mane/Sabretooth

I don't think Tyler Mane has died; at least there's no info online about it. The character of Sabretooth is now dead though; maybe that's what the previous poster meant.
Rogue wouldn't be in this movie because it's a prequel to the X-Men films.X-Men Origins:Wolverine is set about twenty years before the first X-Men film and deals with Wolverine's time in the Weapon X program.

[ edited by Buffyfantic on 2007-12-30 05:47 ]
Sawyer from LOST would be the best Gambit - though not in Wolverine movie. Wait another 2 years or so...then re-launch the X-Men. Doesn't matter if it's from the same point or not...Scott can return w/ Jean as the Phoniex done right. I think Brett Ratner took an interesting take on the X-Men given the material he was following. It was a good story - woulda been a better TV movie though. A nice spin off universe.

Rogue definitely got a hardcore raw deal - they gave her a screwed up version of Jubilee's story. I gotta saw though...for as many good things as Brian Singer did for those movies - he failed seriously in that respect.

All in all - though Sawyer'd be a great Gambit...I don't think it'd be good in this movie. It'd be good if we got some old school Weapon X badies.
Josh Holloway! Yes!

IMO, Bailey Chase was a really bad actor in Buffy. It was in fact cringe worthy. Possibly he's grown some?
Well it's about time Gambit showed up, I say. I always thought he was one of the most popular characters amongst those who watched the original series, and read the comics. It seemed odd to me that he wasn't included.

And yes, rogue got stiffed. they've portrayed her as much younger, just starting out, and she can't fly and isn't super strong, and there's been no reference at all to her mother situation at all. Gambit and Rogue just go together. It's funny, I always see Gambit as being played by a young Ted Danson, but I think Josh Holloway would be a good fit too.

I'm not quite sure how Gambit would fit into Wolvie's story, and from memory, Didn't Gambit start out on Magneto's side, then switch to team X?
I would have liked to have seen more Rogue too (especially as an Anna Paquin fan), but I think the choice to introduce her as a youngster, just starting out, was a reasonable one. Remember, too, that she doesn't have innate mutant powers of super strength or flight, but absorbed them from Carol Danvers/Ms. Marvel, so movie Rogue couldn't have had those powers (without a whole heap of additional story.) Definitely would have liked a Rogue/Mystique relationship, though Mystique's character was changed even more than Rogue's for the movies.

As for Gambit, his introduction to the X-Men (Uncanny X-M #266) came about the same time that I stopped collecting the book . . . now I feel really old. ;-(
I always thought Christian Kane would make an awesome Gambit.
Gambit is my favorite X-Man and I don't care who plays him, I just want a good Gambit story.

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