I have read the comics since I was 6 (almost 30 years now) and adore the X-Men. However the recent string of movies, while very popular, sucked to me. The casting was way off 90% of the time and the characters were not themselves at all. Relationships and roles within the team were reworked to EPIC FAIL level. Here is my rather long list of who I think should play the Uncanny X-Men and a few facts about lesser known characters.
Sir Patrick Stewart was born in Mirfield, Yorkshire, England, to Gladys (Barrowclough), a textile worker and weaver, and Alfred Stewart, who was in the army. He was a member of various local drama groups from about age 12. He left school at age 15 to work as a junior reporter on a local paper; he quit when his editor told him he was spending too much time at the theatre and not enough working...
“ Dr. Charles Francis Xavier / Professor X
One of the few casting decisions for the Brian Singer X-Men movies I agreed with. Patrick Stewart rocks as Professor X. ” - Candylyn
Connery's breakthrough came in the role of secret agent James Bond. He was reluctant to commit to a film series, but understood that if the films succeeded his career would greatly benefit. He played the character in the first five Bond films: Dr. No
, From Russia with Love
“ Erik / Magneto
I adore Mr. Connery. He would be the perfect Magneto because he can manage passion and coolness at the same time! Plus I would love to see Sean Connery and Patrick Stewart playing chess while verbally hashing out their differences to no end. ” - Candylyn
Vin Diesel was born Mark Sinclair in Alameda County, California, along with his fraternal twin brother, Paul Vincent
. He was raised by his astrologer/psychologist mother, Delora Sherleen (Sinclair), and adoptive father, Irving H. Vincent, an acting instructor and theater manager, in an artist's housing project in New York City's Greenwich Village...
“ En Shab Nur / Apocalypse
Apocalypse would have to be CGI but the voice would need to be able to convey how strong (and bored) the former Egyptian Pharoah is. He is as far beyond mutants as they are beyond humans. Mr. Diesel's appearance would also work in the event of a flash back to what En Shab Nur looked like 3000+ years ago. ” - Candylyn
Joshua Daniel Hartnett was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to Wendy Anne (Kronstedt) and Daniel Thomas Hartnett, a building manager. His father is of Irish and German descent, and his mother is of Swedish and Norwegian ancestry. Hartnett graduated from South High School in Minneapolis in June of 1996...
“ Scott Summers/ Cyclops
Originally I went with Tom Welling, but Josh Hartnett has a stronger face and jaw line. Scott is no longer a boy scott. He ditched Jean, is with Emma and taken complete control of the X-Men. I think Josh Hartnett would ace this. ” - Candylyn
Gugu, short for Gugulethu which is Zulu for "Our Pride", was born in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England. Her mother, Anne Raw, is a Caucasian English nurse, and her father, Patrick Mbatha, is a Black South African doctor. Her parents separated when she was a year old, and she was brought up by her mother in the town of Witney...
“ Ororo Munroe / Storm
The Storm from the Brian Singer films fell short to me. Storm is a leader, she put Scott on his butt and took over leading the X-Men when his personal life got in the way of his ability to lead. She is also beautiful. Halle Berry is cool but Gugu Mbatha-Raw would own this part. ” - Candylyn
Katie Cassidy was born Katherine Evelyn Cassidy on November 25, 1986, in Los Angeles, California. Her father, David Cassidy
, was a pop star in the 1970s. Her mother, Sherry Williams
, was a high fashion model in the early 1970's. Sherry left her career to concentrate on raising her 3 daughters, with husband...
“ Jean Grey / Phoenix
This was the toughest character to cast simply because I cannot stand her. All that power and she lacks the facility to control it properly. She has constantly pulled other men into her relationship with Scott creating CW teen drama-like love triangles: Wolverine, Angel even Professor X to a point. I picked an actress who looked the part and could do "Damsel in destress". ” - Candylyn
Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, Karl Urban now lives in Auckland. Born on June 7, 1972, he is the son of a leather-goods manufacturer (who had hoped that Karl would follow in his footsteps). His first acting role was when he was 8 -- he had a line on a television series. However, he did not act again until after high school...
“ James Logan Howlett / Woverine
I love this actor. He does feral and angry well. There is this growl to his voice and wildness in his eyes that Wolverine needs. However, Wolvie needs to be able to go from feral killing machine to over protective, loving soul mate to Jean and Jubilee in under a second. Karl Urban could so own this part. ” - Candylyn
Born in Taiwan, Qi Shu has won the prestigious Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan (regarded as the East Asian Oscars) for Best Supporting Actress. She has also received a nomination for Best Actress from the Golden Horse Awards. She appeared with Jackie Chan
in the romantic comedy Gorgeous
“ Jubilation Lee / Jubilee
One of the most underrated characters on the X-Men Universe. When Wolverine goes completely off the rails the X-Men call on her to bring him back. She also can blows crap up but good. Her powers are light based, she can generate firework like globs of energy and cause them to explode whenever she likes. She can also block any telepath from reading or even sensing her. She is also an olympic level gymnist. She has a problem with hurting people... or did before she became a vampire. ” - Candylyn
“ Nathaniel Christopher Charles Dayspring Askani'son Summers / Cable
Nate is Scott's son who time travelled from the future to stop Apocalyse in the past. He is a gun toting merc with telepathic powers he uses to keep a technorganic virus from destroying his body. In short he is so cool. ” - Candylyn
Alice Braga Moraes born April 15, 1983 is a Brazilian actress. She has appeared in several Brazilian films, most notably as Angélica in 2002's highly acclaimed City of God and as Karina in 2005's Lower City. She came to international prominence after appearing opposite Will Smith in I Am Legend (2007) and has since become a familiar face in Hollywood...
She is Cable's Girl Friday. A weapon's expert who has worked and played with Wolverine during the "Sex and Violence" storyline. She is not one to be played with. ” - Candylyn
Jonathan was born in Westlake Village, CA to Rhonda and Joe Lipnicki. At the age of five Jonathan Lipnicki received global acclaim as he carried his own with Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweger in the Academy Award-winning film Jerry Maguire. After this breakout role, Jonathan had become a widely-recognizable celebrity...
“ Robert "Bobby" Drake / Iceman
Bobby is not the serious leader we saw in the movies, he is a frat boy trying to live up to his father's expectations of what a man should be. He can't keep a girlfriend to save his life. He lost the love of his life to Scott's younger brother. However, he has been the object of affection for the White Queen, Mystique and Nothstar. Bobby is one of the more powerful X-Men but like Jubilee hates to hurt anyone. ” - Candylyn
“ Alex Summers / Havok
Scott's little brother, who has weird energy power, has lived in the shadow of his heroic elder brother since they were reunited years ago. He had a team of his own but they were not as successful as the X-Men. There is one X-Man he has overshadowed, Bobby. Havok is engaged to Bobby's ex-girlfriend Lorna Dane. ” - Candylyn
Astrid Berges-Frisbey was born in Barcelona, Spain. Her father is Spanish, and her mother, who is American, is of English and French descent. She is fluent in French, Spanish, and Catalan. Astrid Berges-Frisbey made her acting debut in 2007 on french television. In 2008, she made her feature debut in the French film The Sea Wall
and since then has made other French films...
“ Lorna Dane / Polaris
Magneto's youngest daughter who has the same power as her father was dating Bobby but left him for Alex. She is a stronger personality than Jean and can stand on her own two feet. Still, she has had her own fair share of emotional breakdowns. ” - Candylyn
Alexander Richard Pettyfer was born in Hertfordshire and raised in Windsor. His mother, Lee (Robinson), is an interior designer. His father, Richard Pettyfer
, is a fellow actor. His parents divorced and Alex now has a younger half-brother, James, from his mother's re-marriage to a property developer, Michael Ireland. James is a junior tennis player...
“ Warren Worthington III/ Angel or Archangel
The winged, spoiled, rich kid of a billionaire businessman, Warren was one of the original five X-Men, along with Cyclops, Phoenix, Beast and Iceman. He is the team's pretty boy who has been romantically tied to several team members. At one point, he was one of the four horsemen of Apocalypse but the X-Men liberated him and he continued on as the blue-skinned, metal winged Archangel. ” - Candylyn
Margaret Denise Quigley was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to a father of Polish and Irish descent (originally based in New York) and a Vietnamese mother. Her parents met during the Vietnam War. Maggie has two older half-siblings from her mother's previous marriage, and two older sisters. The family moved to Hawaii and settled in Mililani...
“ Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock / Psylocke
Betsy started out a telepathic lady Brit whose soul was transfered into the body of a female Japanese ninja. She now has the skills of the ninja and the powers of the telepath. She is not a damsel in distress. She is considered on par with Wolverine and Gambit in how dirty her fighting style is. ” - Candylyn
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jonathan Rhys Meyers was born Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keefe on July 27, 1977, in Dublin, Ireland, to Mary Geraldine (Meyers) and John O'Keeffe, a musician. He and his family moved to County Cork, Ireland, when the actor was nearly a year old, and then, at the age of 3, his father left the family, leaving his mother to care for Jonny and his 3 younger brothers alone...
“ Remy LeBeau / Gambit
The prince of thieves who was run out of his native New Orleans after he killed his brother-in-law, Gambit was brought home to the mansion by Storm. The life long ladies man is now in love with a woman he cannot touch, Rogue, but he could careless, he is over the moon in love. ” - Candylyn
Eliza Dushku was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Judith (Rasmussen), a political science professor, and Philip R. Dushku, a teacher and administrator. Her father is Albanian and her mother is American (of Danish, Irish, English, and German descent). She was discovered at the end of a five-month search...
“ Marie Darkholme / Rogue
Okay, first that isn't her name but she was adopted by Mystique and her name is Marie so... Rogue in the movies disappointed me. Rogue has a backbone and moxy. She'll kick your butt while drinking a beer and winking at Gambit. She has moments where her inability to touch anyone upsets her but she is not the whiney Rogue in the films. Eliza Dushku's Faith character is closer to the comic book character than anyone else I could think of. ” - Candylyn
Scarlett Johansson was born in New York City. Her mother, Melanie Sloan
, is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, and her father, Karsten Johansson
, is Danish. She has a sister, Vanessa Johansson
, who is also an actress, a brother, Adrian, a twin brother, Hunter Johansson
, born three minutes after her, and a paternal half-brother, Christian. Her grandfather was writer Ejner Johansson
“ White Queen / Emma Frost
Pseudo-reformed bad girl Emma Frost has gone from being one of the X-Men's most feared enemies as the White Queen of the Inner Circle to the love of X-Leader Cyclops' life and a co-leader of the teams. She has a sharp tongue, quick wit and can play you like a puppet on a string. Just ask Wolverine and Scott whom she had dancing a waltz on the front lawn of the school when they were about to get in a fight. ” - Candylyn
Monica Anna Maria Bellucci was born on September 30, 1964 in the Italian village of Città di Castello, Umbria, the only child of Brunella Briganti and Pasquale Bellucci. She originally pursued a career in the legal profession. While attending the University of Perugia, she modeled on the side to earn money for school...
“ Tessa / Sage
She is a living computer with a powerful analytical mind. In her late teens, Sage was asked by Xavier to infiltrate the mutant powermongering Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club. When her assignment was over, she joined the X-Men but her joining the team lead to a conflict between her and Charles as she tried to figure why he felt she was the best one to go undercover while the original five were trained and protected. ” - Candylyn
Boris Frederic Cecil Tay-Natey Ofuatey-Kodjoe, better known as Boris Kodjoe, is a German actor known for his roles as Jason in the 2000 film Love & Basketball
, and the sports-courier agent Damon Carter on the Showtime drama series Soul Food
. Kodjoe was born in Vienna, Austria, the son of Ursula...
“ Bishop Lucas / Bishop
Bishop is a cop from a now dead alternate reality where mutants were hunted and imprisoned for being mutants. He hunted his own kind in exchange for a more comfortable life. However he turned away from this, came back in time and stopped his future from happening. Now he works with the X-Men. ” - Candylyn
Jesse Eden Metcalfe was born in Carmel Valley, California, to Nancy (DeMaio) and Jeff Metcalfe. He has Italian, Portuguese, English, French, and Irish ancestry. He was raised in Southeastern Connecticut. Metcalfe attended the Williams School, a private high school in New London, Connecticut. He pursued...
“ Pietro Rasputin / Colossus
A Russian artist with the ability to transform his skin into organic metal Pete is a kind, larger than life man who loves his X-Family. He is madly in love Kitty Pryde. However, if his biological family needs him he will and has turned his back on his X-Family and lover to help his "real" family. ” - Candylyn
Lea Michele Sarfati was born in The Bronx, New York to parents Edith, a nurse, and Marc Sarfati, a delicatessen owner. Her mother is Italian American and Roman Catholic while her father is of Sephardi Jewish ancestry (from Turkey and Greece), and Lea was raised Catholic. Lea was raised in Tenafly, New Jersey, where she eventually attended and graduated from Tenafly High School...
“ Kitty Pryde / Shadowcat
The brilliant daughter of Jewish doctors, Kitty's power to pass through solid objects activated at the same time her parents started divorce proceedings. This meant her teenaged years were a living nightmare. Her romance with Pete and her bond with Storm and Logan helped her through. ” - Candylyn
Striking Irish actor Cillian Murphy was born in Douglas, the oldest child of Brendan Murphy, who works for the Irish Department of Education, and a mother who is a teacher of French. He has three younger siblings. Murphy was educated at Presentation Brothers College, Cork. He went on to study law at University College Cork...
“ Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
Kurt is the biological son of Mystique and a German Count. On the night he was born it was obvious he was a mutant and Mystique abandoned him in her effort to get away from her enraged mutatophobic husband. Kurt was found by Gypsy carnies and grew up an acrobat in a traveling circus. As a teen he became born again but retained his highflying adventurous spirit. He joined the X-Men and is something of ministering brother to the team. ” - Candylyn
Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK, to Katherine (Brown), a cook, and Bernard Neeson, a school caretaker. Liam worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, truck driver, assistant architect and an amateur boxer. He had originally sought a career as a teacher by attending St...
“ Sean Cassidy / Banshee
Sean is a retired Interpol agent. His association with the X-Men came later in his life than most. He has the ability to produce a sonic wail that can simply throw an enemy off balance or across the room. The ability also creates air pressure allowing him to fly. ” - Candylyn
Gary Oldman is a talented British born movie actor who played Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy, Drexl in True Romance, and George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He starred in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the remake of RoboCop. He is also an English filmmaker, musician and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style...
“ Dr. Nathan Essex / Mr. Sinister
A possibly immortal scientist who works for Apocalypse. He is looking for a suitable replacement body for the ancient mutant and has found it in the merged bloodlines of Jean and Scott. He is nuts, an amoral researcher using his benefactor to further his own work. ” - Candylyn
Kat Graham is a music artist, actress and producer, best known for her starring role in the hit TV show "The Vampire Diaries." Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Kat speaks four languages - English, Spanish, French and Hebrew - and is the daughter of a Liberian father and a Russian Jewish mother. At the age of 6...
“ Monet St. Croix / M
Spoiled brat daughter of wealthy diplomat. Monet claims her mutation is "perfection". She tends to get what she wants and does what she wants. Her biggest wall of resistance is Jubilee. They have fought but Jubilee stopped short of hurting her however M has no problem hurting a classmate. Monet thinks she is the best, but she is far from it. Her family life is a mess and her cockiness got her boyfriend killed. ” - Candylyn
Aubrey Drake Graham was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Dennis Graham, an African-American musician born in Memphis, Tennessee, and Sandi (Sher) Graham, a Canadian Jewish educator. As a young man, Drake appeared in several commercials, for such retailers as Sears and GMC. In 2001, Drake rose to fame playing the role of "Jimmy Brooks"...
“ Everett Thomas / Synch
Synch can mimic anyone's powers by generating an aura that simulates the power. Synch, like Scott, is a natural leader of people. He synchs best with Jubilee, arguably his best friend. However their friendship became strained when started dating Monet. In the comics he stopped Synching with Jubilee after he started dating Monet. This cost him his life because Monet is not as strong as she thought she was and he died in an explosion he thought he could withstand. I wish they would bring him back he was great. ” - Candylyn
British actor Benjamin Thomas Barnes was born in London, England, to Patricia (Becker), a relationship therapist, and Thomas Barnes, a professor of psychiatry. He has a brother, Jack. His mother is from South Africa, and is of Jewish heritage, while his father is English. Barnes studied at Homefield Preparatory and King's College...
“ Jonothon Starsmore / Chamber
Brit who lost his chest and lower jaw when his powers manifested. Now a power ball exists where his internal organs were. He is moody, powerful and a true dark soul. He is in love with Husk but that is a doomed relationship. Making matters worse, he is a grandson of Apocalypse. ” - Candylyn
Taylor Alison Swift is a multi-Grammy award-winning American singer/songwriter who, in 2010 at the age of 20, became the youngest artist in history to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. In 2011 Swift was named Billboard's Woman of the Year. She also has been named the American Music Awards Artist of the Year...
“ Paige Guthrie / Husk
Husk has the ability transform her body into various metals, everything except her skin which she has to rip off when she transforms. Paige is a country mouse desperate to be a refined city mouse. She has overly romantic view of the world. Her romance with Chamber is doomed. ” - Candylyn
Ryan Rodney Reynolds was born on October 23, 1976 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the youngest of four children. His father, James Chester Reynolds, was a food wholesaler, and his mother, Tammy, worked as a retail-store saleswoman. Between 1991-93, Ryan appeared in Fifteen
, a Nickleodeon series taped in Florida with many other Canadian actors...
“ Wade Wilson / Deadpool
Bang... bangbangbang... BANG!!! I love 'Pool. He is the merc with a mouth. Nuff said. ” - Candylyn
Liev (pronounced Lee-ev) Schreiber was born in San Francisco. His mother, Heather (Milgram), is a painter, and his father, Tell Schreiber
(Tell Carroll Schreiber III), is a theatrical actor who had a small role in The Keeper
. His mother is from a working-class Jewish family from Poland and Russia...
“ Victor Creed / Sabertooth
Wolverine's arch-enemy. 'Tooth is a serial killer with a twisted world view. There is nothing that gives him more pleasure than seeing Logan hurt. He has a very weird relationship with Jubilee. He has saved her from other enemies saying he only did so because he wanted to kill her. He has never made good on the promise. She has kicked his rear both times they have gone against each other by outsmarting him. ” - Candylyn
Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to June (Gamble), an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., an American advertising executive, originally from Texas. She has an older brother and a younger sister. When she was ten years old...
“ Dr. Moira MacTaggert
A human, genetic researcher who works with Xavier. She was once his lover but later paired up with Banshee. That relationship died when Banshee realized she stilll loved Charles. I love this character. She doesn't take any crap off anyone, including and especially Charles. ” - Candylyn
Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress who became popular after playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith
. Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international charity projects, especially those involving refugees...
“ Raven Darkholme / Mystique
Mystique is at least 100 years old. She has had several lovers many within the X-Men like Wolverine and Bobby. She has a son with Victor Creed and is the biological mother of Nightcrawler. She also found and adopted Rogue. Mystique believes, like Magneto, that humans are done for and need to go away now. Only she has no problem with putting a bullet in the head of Charles Xavier or anyone else who gets in her way, including her own children. ” - Candylyn
Since the 2000s, DiCaprio has received critical acclaim for his work in a wide range of film genres. His subsequent films include The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), the biographical crime drama Catch Me If You Can (2002) and the epic historical drama Gangs of New York (2002) which also marked his first of many collaborations with director Martin Scorsese...
“ Graydon Creed
The son of Mystique and Sabertooth proclaims to be human and has never shown and powers of his own. He created and leads the Friends of Humanity an anti-mutant group that caters to the fear that normal humans have for mutants. ” - Candylyn
Jared Leto made his film debut in How to Make an American Quilt (1995) and received critical praise for his performance in Prefontaine (1997). Leto played supporting roles in The Thin Red Line (1998), Fight Club (1999) and American Psycho (2000), as well as the lead role in Urban Legend (1998), and earned critical acclaim after portraying heroin addict Harry Goldfarb in Requiem for a Dream (2000)...
“ Jean-Paul Beaubier / Northstar
JP is the first openly gay comic book character EVER! He was originally a member of Alpha Flight in Canada but relocated to the X-Men. He has a serious crush on Bobby but knows nothing will come of it. However, when Bobby is in trouble Northstar has no problem running to his rescue. He is like Superman-lite; he can fly, he can run fast, he is super strong and can withstand extremes of heat and cold but nowhere near as indestructable as Clark Kent. ” - Candylyn