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 TV.com 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 will.i.am 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 JoBlo.com, 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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I saw a preview for that. She looks great in it, and she handles the martial arts pretty impressively in it. She's so hot! I'm going to miss her on Smallville, along with Michael Rosembaum.
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gambit is great... even his power in the wolverine the origin!!!
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she is fitt to her character.. hope it will release to the philippines!!!
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I think she will be great as Chun-Li
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That is going to be a great role for Kitsch whose role on FNL is as a womanizer with a heart of gold which is similar to Sawyer's role on Lost where he plays the con man who's kind of a softie.
I also think the street fighter role is perfect for Kreuk.
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"Kristin is not Chinese looking enough to play Chun Li"... i couldn't agree more.
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Kristin Kreuk would play a great Chun-Li. Too bad she won't be in Smallville anymore but I'd check out the Street Fighter movie.
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i don't know about the streetfighter flick don't really care to tell the truth but why would the guy playing gambit be too young iif you care to remember the other x-men movies iceman was years younger rogue was years younger it has almost nothing to do with the comic book stories so we won't know till it comes out if he is any good as gambit he does have the look though
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hmm.. dont think Kreuk will be a good chun li. I think she doesnt fit the character...

riggins looks too young to play gambit.
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I haven't seen FNL or this new actor but looks-wise he's kinda disappointing, but if the reaction from some of the users is any indication maybe he's got some charisma that translates on screen. And you can't be Gambit without charisma, baby!

Still mixed on Kristin's new role.
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glad to see gambit on the big screen i think taylor will do a good job.i love kristin but i dont know about her as chun li we'lll have to see i like howw the street figther movie is doing the alpha chartacters.whos gonna be ryu and ken is what i'm wondering.
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There are many interesting faces but it'll be hard for them to make themselves their roles.
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@ Tainted_elf.

Kristin can play a white character on smallville,but she isn't 'chinese looking enough to play chun-li' *rolls eyes* whatever,dude.
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At last Gambit makes it on to the big screen - he was always my favourite and I could never understand how he wasn't a part of the previous movies. Quite happy with the casting as, although I've never seen Friday Night.. , physically he looks the part. Back before the movies happened, I'd always wanted Mark-Paul Gosselaar to play Gambit, thought he had the jawline for it ;)
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another street fighter movie is bad enough (coming from a huge fan of the video-game franchise btw)

and Kreuk being cast as Chun-Li just makes me wanna "Lightening Kick" whoever cast her then jump up and down like a little girl (at the very least she better start doin some squats Chun-Li had some massive legs)...I hope she's a interpol agent instead of a reporter this time ateast. ah hell I don't care I won't be watching it anyway
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fine
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Gambit going to be in next X-Men, thats great news. Gambit was always one of my favs. They did a good pick on the actor.

As for Kreuks role, im not so sure it was a good pick. She really isnt the greatest of actresses, and yes I am a fan of her on Smallville.
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Cool! I love Taylor in FNL, so HOT!!!
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kreuk is hot n all, but how is she going to pull of Chunli's thighs hmmm?????? kreuk is quite petite for the role i think.
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LOL...YAP YAP YAP YAP YAP!
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Interesting another SF movie? Who knows it will work this time around. The first one was just silly and didn't have Fei Long in it. As for Wolverine movie, that is awesome news that Deadpool will be in the movie and will be played by Ryan Reynolds which I think would be a perfect role for him. DEADPOOL ROCKS!! Also, I'm surprise that Gambit will make an apperance, he should have been at least in the last three X-men films. Why now?
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Just took a look at the first wolverine picture from the upcoming movie and I can't believe it's still over a year 'till it's out. The cast so far looks pretty interesting though. I loved Hugh as Wolverine so he alone would be more than worth watching, but "Dexter" as Stryker, now that will be really, really awsome!
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I'm glad Gambit is finally being brought into the X-Men movie universe, but I wonder how that's gonna work out seeing as Wolverine didn't know him before he joined up with X-Men. Also Ryan Reynolds being cast as Deadpool is awesome news, I was thinking the other day that he would be perfect to play him.
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Kristen Kreuk isn't exactly the best actress (although shooting Street Fighter could keep her out of Smallville season 8:)). I'm a bit worried that this film could go the way of the early 90s version... Then again most all computer game movies have been rubbish with the possible exception of the original Mortal Kombat.
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Hottness! So excited for the Wolverine movie. I love X-men and to see so many familiar names will be a welcome thing. They're all known but not too too well, so it should do well.
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intresting
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I could care less about the SF news (except that Lana dressed as Chun-Li might be pretty hot). The news about Wolverine is pretty cool though. That guy seems like he might make a good Gambit (as long as he doesn't screw the pooch in the accent dept) and Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool will be frickin' sweet.
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Kristen Kreuk as Chun-Li...she's not fully Asian but more asian than let's say Jessica Biel who was rumoured to be playing her. Finally more and more Canadians are being selected to play big budgeted pictures. Chris Klein as Charlie...I don't know...Charlie is supposed to look rugged and not like an ass. Hugh Jackman as Wolverine again...can't wait. Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool...can't wait to see the 8-pack again (from Blade: Trinity) :D



Can't wait for both movies. :D
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Hate Hugh Jackman. Love Kristin Kreuk. The world is in balance again^^
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MaDMaxXx89: actually its Pakistani and not Pakistanian. I am one, i know better.
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tainted_elf Once she already played a pakistanian girl.
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Old news...
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I'm sorry but Kristin is not Chinese looking enough to play Chun Li, and what would Gambit be doing around Wolvie's origins?
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I like the fact that they've got a cutie to play Remy in the next Xmen flick. In my opinion the other three movies didn't really rock my socks off... they were ok if I ignored the fact it was one of my favorite comics/tv shows (and I mean the 90's version, not the new stuff).

I may be narrowminded in your opinion, but I just think that those movies could have used some work. They did some AMAZING casting with Hugh, Patrick Stewart, and of course Ian McKellen.

Maybe they'll redden up his do' for the movie? And how about those eyes?

Anyway, I will be more than happy to see this movie, simply because of Remy...
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Street Fighter is going to suck. When are Studios going to learn that rappers can't act!!! This is pathetic. I can't believe that they'd deface something as incredible as streetfighter with something like that. I do find the news of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool rather interesting. Not a lot is known abou the 'pool man... that one should be better as long as Bret Rattner stays away from it.
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