Casting: Kreuk streetfights, Kitsch is Gambit

It's go-time for movie buffs who also happen to be fans of comics and video games. The new film adaptation of Street Fighter (thankfully without Jean Claude Van Damme) and the latest X-Men flick made casting announcements today, and fans of Smallville and Friday Night Lights should be proud.

Though the rumor has been kicking around for a while now, Variety finally confirmed that Smallville's Kristin Kreuk is joining the cast of Twentieth Century Fox's Street Fighter. The film is based on the megapopular fighting-game franchise from video game maker Capcom, and Kreuk will play one of the original combatants in the game, the pogo-ing pugilist (and oh-so-adorable) Chun-Li.

The 25-year-old Kreuk currently plays Lana Lang on the CW's hit Smallville. She's also involved in other projects, and (along with Smallville costar Allison Mack) talked to about her latest Web venture a few months ago.

Also joining the film is Welcome to the Captain's Chris Klein, who will play Nash (Charlie). Klein is best known as Katie Holmes' pre-Tom-Cruise beau, and had his breakout role as a dim-witted high-school football star in Election.

Street Fighter's cast is rounded out by Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile) as Balrog, Journeyman's Moon Bloodgood, and from musical group The Black Eyed Peas.

Although that is enough to satiate any self-professed geek's need for movie news, there's more...oh yes. Twentieth Century Fox also revealed more casting news (courtesy of Variety), this time for its upcoming X-Men movie, X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Taylor Kitsch is joining Wolverine as the Cajun card-thrower Gambit. Kitsch, for all you ladies out there, currently stars as the hunky, drunken, shirtless fullback Tim Riggins from Friday Night Lights.

According to fan site, Lost's Josh Holloway was originally offered the role of Gambit, but thought it was too similar to his character of Sawyer (he's right).

Ryan Reynolds, formerly of Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place and bullet flick Smokin' Aces, will step into the tights of Deadpool, a mercenary from the same origins as title character Wolverine.

Wolverine will once again be played by Hugh Jackman, who was last seen watching his project Viva Laughlin go under. Other casting announcements include Liev Schreiber as Sabretooth, Danny Huston as William Stryker, and Lynn Collins as Silver Fox. The film is expected to hit theaters in May 2009.

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