Daniel Cudmore Will Not Reprise Colossus Role For Deadpool


We now have confirmation that fan-favorite Daniel Cudmore will not be reprising his role as Piotr “Peter” Rasputin / Colossus in the upcoming Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds.  In a series of tweets, Cudmore thanked fans for their support and divulged the disappointing news:

Daniel Cudmore was only the second actor to play a live-action incarnation of Colossus.  However, he’s the most well-known.  The first actor to play him was in X-Men (2000).  It was an uncredited role and he only appeared in a cameo as a student sketching in Xavier Institute’s courtyard.  Cudmore would later breathe life into the character when Colossus is formally introduced in X2: X-Men United (2003).  He would go on to reprise the role in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).

The upcoming Deadpool will be within the same universe as Fox’s X-Men franchise, and Colossus has been noted to be part of Deadpool‘s cast of characters.  It’s unknown which actor the producers have in mind to take over the role.  Whoever it is, he has some big shoes to fill — both figuratively and literally.  Cudmore is an actor who stands six feet eight inches, and has the looks and acting chops to embody one of the most beloved X-Men characters.

Deadpool will be directed by Blur Films visual effects veteran Tim Miller, written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and produced by Lauren Shuler Donner and X-Men: Days of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg.  So far, the cast includes Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson / Deadpool, Gina Carano as Angel Dust, T.J. Miller as Simon, and Ed Skrein as Ridge.  Production on the film is set to start in March with a target release date of February 12, 2016.

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