8 Actors Who Almost Starred In The X-Men Movies

the x-men The film series follows the lives of mutants who all possess the X gene which gives them their own unique powers. With the help of Charles Xavier AKA Professor X, the mutants unite in his school and learn to control their abilities and use their powers only for good. On the other end of the spectrum, you have the villains led by Magneto, who wish to rid the world of humans so mutants can live freely without restriction or pursuit. The franchise started with the first x-men film in 2000 and spawned a number of sequels and spin-offs.

Thanks to Stan Lee of Marvel, the x-men is a franchise with a large number of characters to choose from. With that comes the challenge of casting the mutants correctly in each film installment. While some characters have only had one actor like Wolverine, others have had a number of iterations like the old and young Professor X played by Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy respectively. As such, there are a number of actors who were once considered for mutant roles. Indeed, here is a list of actors who almost got cast in x-men movies.

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8 Sigourney Weaver as Emma Frost

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This may shock some people, but Sigourney Weaverbest known for her performance as Ripley in the Extraterrestrial franchise, was originally considered for the role of Emma Frost. It was the wish of Bryan Singer, the director responsible for the first two x-men films for Weaver to play the role of Emma Frost in X-Men: The Last Stand. Although she was lined up for the role when Singer left the x-men franchise to pursue other directing opportunities, his departure resulted in a cast change. While many love January Jones’ portrayal of Frost in X-Men: First Classwe can’t help but wonder what it would have been like to see Weaver as this powerful beauty.

7 John Hurt as Magneto

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The late Mr. injured johnbest known for his unique voice and Oscar-nominated performance in elephant man, was considered for the role of Magneto in the original x-men movie. Among the other suitors, including the voice actor of Magneto in X-Men: The Animated SeriesHurt was the one who seemed most likely to get the role with decades of acting experience under his belt, that is, until Sir Ian McKellen came on the scene. While both actors had a lot to offer for the role, McKellen ultimately won. That said, that wasn’t the end of John Hurt’s attempt to break into the comic world as he went on to star as Professor Trevor Broom in Hellboy.

6 Rachael Leigh Cook as Thief


It’s hard to imagine anyone other than Anna Paquin playing Snape, whose powers send her into an agonizing spiral. That said, Rachel Leigh Cook from She is all that was highly regarded for the role of Snape, but she turned it down to ‘avoid acting on a green screen’. Cook wanted to be taken more seriously as an actress, and she felt playing the part would not help her cause. Cook quickly realized her mistake and although she hadn’t failed to find work over the years, taking the role in x-men would have helped her career move in the right direction.

5 Lucy Liu as Mystique

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lucy liude’s career was in full swing by the time the first x-men the film was conceived, juggling Shanghai noon and charlie’s angels, which brought Liu a lot of attention for his skills in action movies. While Rebecca Romjin was ultimately cast in the role in the original x-men, fans are still mourning the loss of the potential to see Liu kick ass as Mystique. While Romjin and Jennifer Lawrence both did the character justice, it’s hard not to wonder what Liu would have done differently if given the chance.

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4 Kevin Nash as Sabretooth

Sabretooth is a vicious lion-like mutant who isn’t afraid to tear you to shreds if he needs to. Make his first appearance in x-men, Sabretooth is played by Canadian wrestler Tyler Mane, known for his huge presence. Another wrestler who was highly considered for the role is Kevin Nash AKA Big Daddy Cool Diesel. Unlike Mane, Nash never acted, staying in his wrestling field. It seemed like the best move for Nash as he founded the New World Order alongside Hulk Hogan and Scott Hall and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. That said, we can’t help but wonder how different his career would have been had he played the role of Sabretooth.

3 David Harbor as Blob

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David Harborbest known for his role as Jim Hopper in stranger thingsfor which he received an Emmy, was retained for the role of the Blob in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The main reason he was turned down for the role at the time was because he was told he was too big. During the audition, Harbor lifted his shirt and showed off his belly fat, which ultimately cost him the role. Pretty laughable considering the Blob is a massive man with excessive body mass. Instead, Kevin Durand was cast and wore a big suit for the duration of the film.

2 Angela Bassett as Storm

Black Panther, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, T'challa's mother
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Halle Berry was the perfect choice for Storm, but many others were considered before a final decision was made. One of those considerations was the award-winning actress Angela Bassette. She was originally the first choice for Storm, but her agents insisted that she be paid more, which was not feasible for the producers of the original. x-men film as it was only the beginning of the franchise and had a smaller budget than its successors. Bassett will eventually join the MCU as Ramonda in Black Pantheralso appearing in Avengers: Endgame and is set to reprise the role in the highly anticipated Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

1 Russell Crowe as Wolverine

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Probably the most surprising addition to this list is Russell Crowe turn down the role of Wolverine. The singer’s original choice for the role was Russell Crowe, whose reasoning for turning down the role was because of the relationship with wolves at the time. Gladiator and his potential role as Wolverine in x-men would force him to do wolf-only roles. Oddly enough, Jackman had the same assumption that Wolverine’s role had something to do with wolves, but they were both wrong. It’s hard to imagine anyone other than Jackman as Wolverine, so perhaps Crowe’s choice to decline the role was for the best.

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