One X-MEN 3 Actor Declined Opportunity To Reprise Their Role

It’s no secret that there are a lot of cameos lined up for Deadpool and Wolverine (some confirmed, others still rumored), but it sounds like Marvel Studios and director Shawn Levy are planning to bring more characters back from the now defunct X-Men franchise than we realized.

Hugh Jackman will return as Logan (obviously), but the recent trailer revealed that Aaron Stanford would also reprise his role as Pyro, and we’ve heard that Halle Berry (Storm), James Marsden (Cyclops), Famke Janssen (Jean Grey) and more may also show up.

One actor from a Fox-era movie will not be joining the reunion, however, and not because he wasn’t asked!

While speaking to Yahoo! about his role in Netflix’s The Gentlemen, Vinnie Jones revealed that Levy reached out to him about potentially suiting-up as the Juggernaut after debuting as the villain in X-Men: The Last Stand, but after chatting about what his role would entail – and what he was being offered – the former professional footballer declined the offer.

“I just got asked to do Deadpool, the new one that’s coming out now,” Jones said. “I spoke to the director, and I just said, ‘It’s such a drama putting that suit on, mentally and physically.’ It had its mental toll as well, because you’re in it, and you can’t do anything all day. You can only drink from a straw. So, we couldn’t strike a deal for Deadpool, but, I mean, Deadpool is my favorite movie of f*cking all time, more or less. I really wanted to do it, but they didn’t have the budget to put me in the suit.”

Jones has previously spoken about being cast in the third X-Men movie and how his original role was vastly cut down when Matthew Vaughn stepped away, and he elaborated on his experience working on the project.

“Well, Matthew was the director on that, Matthew Vaughn, and then he bailed on it,” Jones explained. “He rang me, and he said, ‘Have you signed your contract yet?’ I said, ‘No, why?’ He said, ‘I’m not going to do it. They’re going to bring a new director on.’ So, the new director came on, and it was not the same role as I signed on to do. They diluted the dialogue. It was a bigger role. I’ve actually come out and said that, you know. The director brought in so many other moving parts… and mine was the [only] one that got diluted, the Juggernaut. It didn’t… you know, I lost all interest quite early, because I knew they were just ticking me along, you know what I mean? I was upset. I was very upset, because it was such a [big] movie, such a big stage, and [I] became an extra. That’s what happened.”

So, Jones’ take on Cain Marko won’t be putting in an appearance, but that doesn’t mean the CGI version of the character we met in Deadpool 2 won’t make his presence felt.

Morena Baccarin (Vanessa), Leslie Uggams (Blind Al), Rob Delaney (Peter), Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead) And Shioli Kutsuna (Yukio) will all return as their respective characters, and they’ll be joined by franchise newcomers Emma Corrin (The Crown) and Matthew Macfadyen (Succession), who will play a TV agent and Cassandra Nova (not confirmed).

A recent synopsis for the movie reads: “After facing some professional setbacks while going through a midlife crisis, Wade Wilson decides to officially retire Deadpool and becomes a used car salesman. But when his friends, family, and the whole world are at stake, Deadpool decides to bring his katanas out of retirement,” the synopsis continues. “He recruits an unwilling and wary Wolverine to not only fight for their survival, but ultimately, their legacy.”

Shawn Levy directs Deadpool and Wolverine from a script by Ryan Reynolds, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Zeb Wells.

The movie is set to open in U.S. & Canadian theaters on July 26, and will be available in IMAX, RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema, 4DX, Cinemark XD and premium screens everywhere.