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The Official will.i.am/John Wraith Discussion Thread

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Twentieth Century Fox has added three more superheroes to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” with Ryan Reynolds, “Friday Night Lights” regular Taylor Kitsch, and hip hop artist will.i.am joining the cast.

Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston and Lynn Collins round out the cast as Sabretooth, William Stryker and Silver Fox, respectively.


Hugh Jackman reprises the role of Wolverine in the “X-Men” spinoff that Gavin Hood began lensing this month in Australia. Pic bows May 1, 2009.
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117981136.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

The words 'Wolverine' and 'hip hop artist' should never be used in the same sentence imo

Edit: According to IESB he is playing John Wraith AKA Kestrel:

He was part of Team X along with Wolverine, Sabretooth, Maverick, Mastodon, and Silver Fox. Wraith was a powerful teleporter, capable of getting the team out of sticky situations after their job was finished. He had a penchant for explosives, arming himself with shaped charges. Like the other members of Team X, he was given an artificial age suppressant so he was likely much older than he looked. His time as a secret agent and a member of the Weapon X program has left John somewhat paranoid. His house is a veritable death trap, as is the yard around it - John trusts no one. This is well illustrated by his memorable introductory (?) scene: as an apparently harmless older gentleman sitting on a New York subway, he is accosted by several members of a teen gang, who threaten him. Apparently without moving, he throws something which bounces off of the chest of the gang leader. When the leader asks "What was that?" Wraith replies, deadpan, "That was a copper-jacketed .45 ACP hot-load with a depleted uranium core swimming in mercury. It leaves an exit wound the size of a deep-dish chicken pot pie, and the next one will be considerably faster." He was thereafter undisturbed.

He made a habit of keeping his skill a secret from his compatriots as well as his foes, using it only sparingly and if no one was looking directly at him -- unless it was absolutely vital. The only time when his fellow Team-X members found out about his powers was when they went up against Omega Red. John was backup on that mission that Wolverine, Maverick, and Sabretooth ran in Germany to collect a carbonadium synthesizer, and when that trio burst out of the target compound with Red in pursuit, John stalled him with his gun until the others got away. Unfazed, Omega went to wrap John up and tear him to pieces, but John teleported to safety at the last second, with only Wolverine and Omega Red seeing this. There is also a certain animosity between him and Sabretooth. He's about as violent as his fellows from the Weapon X program, but a lot more merciful and doesn't enjoy killing innocents while on a mission, which puts him at odds with people like Sabretooth. Sabretooth, once languished for quite a time in John's basement with several shaped charges strapped to his chest. Unless he had a really good reason to, Sabretooth wouldn't lift a finger to help John.

Years later, John had tracked Wolverine and the rest of his old teammates down because it seemed that there was a problem with the age suppression factors given to them by Weapon X, as one of their number, Mastodon, had suddenly aged quite rapidly and been reduced into a pile of ooze. With their help, John discovered a list of termination candidates from the Weapon X project. They recognize themselves on the list plus a man named Aldo Ferro, who they know is a big time mafia chief, Il Topo Siciliano. They track Ferro to his secluded island where they discover Maverick guarding him. Maverick soon changes sides when Ferro, a.ka. Psi-Borg, reveals that he was the one who used his psi-powers to speed the false memory implantation of the Weapon X subjects. After this fiasco, John hung out with Wolverine for a month or two, but then vanished.

Wraith was later re-recruited into Weapon X by the "Director" and his mission was to recruit Maverick as well. However, Maverick fought back and Wraith was shot and then gutted by his partner Sabretooth, for his failure.
 
I actually met this guy a few yrs ago. But wtf is he doing here?
 
Hmmm, I am wondering who he could be playing...

Maverick? Bishop? I have no clue. I don't actually know anything about this guy or his acting capabilities...
 
Biggest WTF of the year..


John Wraith AKA Kestrel. According to IESB
 
I dont think this should even be a big deal. I remember when it was announced that Tanya Newbould was in X3 and she only had a 2 sec appearance.
 
According to IESB, he's playing John Wraith.

http://www.iesb.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4339&Itemid=99

will.i.am joins the cast of Wolverine!
Written by Robert Sanchez Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Confirmations and one more addition to the cast of Wolverine.

The trades have confirmed what we have been reporting for days, Ryan Reynolds, Lynn Collins and Danny Huston have joined the cast of Wolverine…but wait, there is another.

Hip hop superstar will.i.am has also join the cast, what has not been reported is who he just might be playing. The IESB can exclusively report that he is playing John Wraith AKA Kestrel.

Not too sure who Kestrel is? Read the following from Wiki:

He was part of Team X along with Wolverine, Sabretooth, Maverick, Mastodon, and Silver Fox. Wraith was a powerful teleporter, capable of getting the team out of sticky situations after their job was finished. He had a penchant for explosives, arming himself with shaped charges. Like the other members of Team X, he was given an artificial age suppressant so he was likely much older than he looked. His time as a secret agent and a member of the Weapon X program has left John somewhat paranoid. His house is a veritable death trap, as is the yard around it - John trusts no one. This is well illustrated by his memorable introductory (?) scene: as an apparently harmless older gentleman sitting on a New York subway, he is accosted by several members of a teen gang, who threaten him. Apparently without moving, he throws something which bounces off of the chest of the gang leader. When the leader asks "What was that?" Wraith replies, deadpan, "That was a copper-jacketed .45 ACP hot-load with a depleted uranium core swimming in mercury. It leaves an exit wound the size of a deep-dish chicken pot pie, and the next one will be considerably faster." He was thereafter undisturbed.

He made a habit of keeping his skill a secret from his compatriots as well as his foes, using it only sparingly and if no one was looking directly at him -- unless it was absolutely vital. The only time when his fellow Team-X members found out about his powers was when they went up against Omega Red. John was backup on that mission that Wolverine, Maverick, and Sabretooth ran in Germany to collect a carbonadium synthesizer, and when that trio burst out of the target compound with Red in pursuit, John stalled him with his gun until the others got away. Unfazed, Omega went to wrap John up and tear him to pieces, but John teleported to safety at the last second, with only Wolverine and Omega Red seeing this. There is also a certain animosity between him and Sabretooth. He's about as violent as his fellows from the Weapon X program, but a lot more merciful and doesn't enjoy killing innocents while on a mission, which puts him at odds with people like Sabretooth. Sabretooth, once languished for quite a time in John's basement with several shaped charges strapped to his chest. Unless he had a really good reason to, Sabretooth wouldn't lift a finger to help John.

Years later, John had tracked Wolverine and the rest of his old teammates down because it seemed that there was a problem with the age suppression factors given to them by Weapon X, as one of their number, Mastodon, had suddenly aged quite rapidly and been reduced into a pile of ooze. With their help, John discovered a list of termination candidates from the Weapon X project. They recognize themselves on the list plus a man named Aldo Ferro, who they know is a big time mafia chief, Il Topo Siciliano. They track Ferro to his secluded island where they discover Maverick guarding him. Maverick soon changes sides when Ferro, a.ka. Psi-Borg, reveals that he was the one who used his psi-powers to speed the false memory implantation of the Weapon X subjects. After this fiasco, John hung out with Wolverine for a month or two, but then vanished.

Wraith was later re-recruited into Weapon X by the "Director" and his mission was to recruit Maverick as well. However, Maverick fought back and Wraith was shot and then gutted by his partner Sabretooth, for his failure.
 
a hip hop sellout as Wraith??? This doesnt sparkle with me. And just when the castings were going pretty good. :(
 
His part must be microscopic...nothing that might compromise the movie.
 
He's a great force in music, imo, so hopefully he'll be a great force in acting as well. I won't judge 'till I see his scenes. :p
 
He was apparently in Joan of Arcadia, which I watched, but I don't remember seeing him. I'll have to check on my DVD and see how his acting is.
 
He was apparently in Joan of Arcadia, which I watched, but I don't remember seeing him. I'll have to check on my DVD and see how his acting is.
Someone at JustJared.com said he played God in an episode if that helps.
 
I think everyone has managed to overlook the biggest thing this film has going: Gavin Hood.

I have a lot of faith that he won't churn out a blockbuster sell-out of a film.
 
All that matters is Hugh Jackman anyway. They could throw in Fergie and that wouldn't get in his way.

-TL
 
Perhaps Hood knows the value of an on-screen gutting of Will.I.Am. by Liev Schriver. Hell Id pay to see that alone.
 
How the hell did he get hired, there are actual good black actors that FOX can hire, he probably agreed to make the soundtrack for free, lol?
 
All that matters is Hugh Jackman anyway. They could throw in Fergie and that wouldn't get in his way.

-TL

They'll save Fergie for Dazzler in a future X-film :):p

Lookwise, I like will.i.am for the role. Hopefully he can bring it (acting-wise).
 
a hip hop sellout as Wraith??? This doesnt sparkle with me. And just when the castings were going pretty good. :(

Teehee. South Park, what would I do without you...

Anyway, I dont know much about this Wraith guy, so I'm not exactly let down by having Will.I.am play him. I just hope he doesnt bring down the movie.
 
This is the first bad casting.

But what are you gonna do?

you cannot have perfect casting in a fox movie.
 
All that matters is Hugh Jackman anyway. They could throw in Fergie and that wouldn't get in his way.

-TL

As long as they don't sing "Humps" during the weapon X scene it's alright.
 
Alright, this is what we have [confirmed] so far...

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine
Liev Schreiber as Sabretooth
Lynn Collins as Silver Fox
Danny Huston as William Stryker
Taylor Kitsch as Gambit
Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool
Will I. Am as Kestrel
Kodi Smit-McPhee as young James Logan (Wolverine)
Tahyna Tozzi as ???
Christian Clark as ???

I like most of the cast. Reynolds, Kitsch and Huston seem to look their parts and I have a strong feeling that Liev is gonna be a Heath Ledger-like revelation as Sabretooth.

-TL
 

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