Cast Party: Who Should Star in an ‘X-Men’ Reboot? Part Three: ‘Inferno’
Welcome to Cast Party, the feature that imagines a world with even more live action comic book adaptations than we currently have, and comes up with arguably the best casting suggestions you’re ever going to find for the movies and shows we wish could exist. This week is the third in a four part series spanning the month of May, which envisions a full reboot of the X-Men movie franchise.
The same X-Men series has been running (with some timeline jumps) since 2000, and it’s been a mixed bag at best. Even as people are excited for X-Men Apocalypse, I hear a lot of fans suggesting that it might be about time to shake things up. So what would an X-Men reboot look like? That’s the challenge I’ve set for myself this month. There are a lot of actors in the current series that I love, but I’m not letting myself use any of them — at least, not in the same roles!
Much as it was in the comics, Inferno will be a huge epic with a huge cast. In fact, let's take a minute to review which cast members will return from the previous films in the series:
- Adam Scott as Cyclops
- Bryce Dallas Howard as Jean Grey
- Michael C. Hall as the Beast (now blue and furry)
- Oscar Isaac as Archangel (now blue and grumpy)
- Maulik Pancholy as Iceman
- Justin Timberlake as Havok
- Lupita Nyong’o as Storm
- Christian Kane as Wolverine
- Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson as Colossus
- Amber Stevens West as Polaris, now possessed by Mr. Sinister's sidekick, Malice
The best way to do this movie is if there's been a couple of spin-off movies in between: A New Mutants movie that helps set up Magik, and an X-Factor movie that reunites the original X-Men and sets up Madeline Pryor. There's room for other films in the franchise as well. Excalibur would explain where Kitty Pryde and Nightcrawler are (and possibly connect back to Psylocke, who's in this movie), and a Longshot movie that sets up that character could be a lot of fun. I may cast some of these movies down the road.
But whatever comes in between, X-Men: Inferno is where things come to a head. Mr. Sinister reveals that Madeline Pryor is a clone, which causes her to go full villain and make a deal with the demons that are invading Earth. Demons who have already corrupted Colossus's baby sister. The X-Men thought Dark Phoenix was the worst thing they'd ever face, but now they're fighting Hell itself.