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There were many classic comic book characters that were sold short by X-Men: The Last Stand, but few of the movie's failings are as notable as what it did to the Juggernaut. While the character on the page is one of the more popular of the X-Men universe, the Brett Ratner-directed sequel not only managed to get him lost in the crowd of mutants introduced to the story, but also reduced him to a punchline due to the stupid use of an internet meme. As a result, it's hard to say if we'll ever get to see another big screen version of Juggernaut again, but today has at least introduced us to an interesting bit of trivia: he was almost in Bryan Singer's upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Actor Josh Helman, who will be starring in the upcoming X-Men blockbuster as a young William Stryker, has revealed to IGN that when he was initially going out for the part he was being considered to play a young Cain Marko, a.k.a. Juggernaut. What makes the story kind of funny is that Helman actually went out of his way to start bulking up for the part before learning that the production had switched gears and was moving in another direction. Said the actor,
“I originally got hired on a different role, which is no longer in the script -- it was going to be young Juggernaut. So I was like, ‘Oh, shit. I’ve got to put on like 30 pounds!’ So I was training for like four weeks, and then I got a phone call saying, ‘Good news and bad news. Bad news first: Juggernaut’s no longer in the script. Good news: They’re having trouble with another role and they want to see you for it.’”
So what happened to the young Juggernaut character in the script? Apparently the role was turned into Evan Peter's Quicksilver (which would also go a long way in explaining why Peters was such a late addition to the cast). Given their completely different back-stories, power sets and personalities, I must say that I am extremely curious to find out how a character like Quicksilver can replace Juggernaut without having a significant on the plot or adaptation. It definitely will be something to watch for when X-Men: Days of Future Past arrives in theaters on May 23rd.
All of you X-Men fans should also be on high alert in the coming weeks. The British Board of Certification has rated a new two minute, 28 second trailer for the comic book movie, although we don't actually know when it will be arriving online. For now you'll just have to keep rewatching the preview that came out last year: