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X-Men 3 Cast Grows

Published August 17, 2005 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Marvel
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It would be an understatement to say that the fans of the X-Men film franchise have been delivered a few disappointments when it comes to the production of X-Men 3. We lost Bryan Singer, then we lost Matthew Vaughn, then we had casting issues, and then we had a negative script review. We were only a few steps away from putting X3 on a permanent hiatus. Luckily, Brett Ratner was able to free up some time thanks to Rush Hour 3 falling through and, besides taking the director's chair, he has also begun to create a more impressive X3 cast ensemble than any of the X-Men films before it.

So, who are the latest additions?

Latest X-Men 3 Casting Updates

Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy will play Warren Worthington, Sr., Angel's dad.

Olivia Williams

British actress Olivia Williams has been cast as Dr. Moira MacTaggert. MacTaggert is mother to the mutant Proteus and former lover of Professor X's. She also heads up the mutant research facility on Muir Island, where she dies after discovering a cure for a new strain of the 'Legacy' virus. The 'Legacy' virus is mutant-specific disease, which at first causes weakening, then unsightly blisters appear, then, just before death, the mutants' power(s) reach their maximum potency and explode, taking the mutant with it [Legacy Virus].

Because MacTaggert does die from this virus, it has been claimed that 'Legacy' was not mutant-specific [she had multiple contacts with mutants] or that the character was unknowingly a mutant.

Shohreh Aghdashloo

The latest addition to the X3 cast, Shohreh Aghdashloo will play the role of Dr. Rao. Below is a description of Dr. Rao provided by FilmForce:

Doctor Kavita Rao, a world-renowned geneticist, had claimed that she had developed a serum, called Hope, which could 'cure' mutants of their mutation. While hundreds of mutants immediately signed up for the procedure at Benetech, the corporate backer of Rao's research, the X-Men debated the societal meaning of this: someone comparing mutation to a disease. Still, the chance at being "normal" has weighed heavily on Hank McCoy's mind, as he considered the ability to no longer be 'a Beast.

That's it for the latest X-Men 3 casting updates. Is the impressive cast alone enough to save the X-Men franchise? Guess we will have to wait for the first trailer to see. X-Men 3 is currently in production with a slated May 26, 2006 release.

For more movie info and synopsis, go to the X-Men 3 Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.

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