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My Dream Cast for a 1987 X-Men movie

The X-Men property has been around for decades, and around the nineties, Marvel began developing the ideal “X-Men” movie. It wasn’t until the year 2000 that we finally got the “X-Men” movie. But I think “X-Men” would have also made a great eighties action film, so I went back and cast an “X-Men” movie if it were developed, and cast in 1987! This is my ideal cast for a 1987 “X-Men” movie. Please feel free to offer your own casting ideas.


Scott Summers/Cyclops: Michael Biehn
This seems like the only natural choice, I mean come on. Biehn would headline this movie as the militant leader of the X-Men who is loyal to the professor to a fault. He'd be part Corporal Hicks, and part Richard Gere from Officer and a Gentleman. Biehn has always been my main pick for Cyclops and Scott Summers, and I think his scruffy appearance would lend Cyclops the edge he lacked in the Singer movies. Biehn rocked as Corporal Hicks and would have made a very entertaining Slim Summers.


Wolverine: Bob Hoskins
Chris Claremont always wanted Bob Hoskins to play Wolverine, and I can no longer think of anyone who could have played him in the eighties. “There was a film he did called Lassiter with Tom Selleck, and if you look at the two of them together, Tom Selleck is this 6-foot-plus powerful, handsome, glorious leading man and Hoskins is this little cop. In one scene, Selleck comes to the door of [Hoskin’s] house and Hoskins takes one look at him and hauls off and shoves Selleck back down the drive, yelling "You come to my house?" and just repeating it over and over as he shoves Selleck back down the path and through the fence out onto the street. And the expression on Selleck’s face is "Holy ****!" and I thought, bingo. That is Logan. That instant rage. But like I said, this is the world of 1988.”


Kitty Pryde: Courteney Cox
A young Courteney Cox as Kitty Pryde would give the X-Men the youthful angle with Cox portraying the every girl who is born with amazing but terrifying powers. Pryde would be something like Rogue from Singer's first "X-Men" movie but... you know... not as whiny. Imagine her channeling her character from "Masters of the Universe," with the charm from "Friends" and she'd make a pretty killer Kitty Pryde, overall. Plus for the eighties, the phasing through walls effect would be easy.


Jean Grey: Michelle Pfeiffer
I don't know if Pfeiffer would go red, but Pfeiffer as Jean Grey would have been pretty stellar for an eighties X-Men movie. Pfeiffer can play almost anyone, and a young Pfeiffer would have been a mix of beautiful, sexy, and brainy. Working off of Biehn's Cyclops while also battling rival mutants would have been pretty excellent to experience, and she'd be one of the big names for box office draw and appeal.


Storm: Vanity
The popular choice for Storm was always Angela Bassett, but for the eighties, I definitely would have gone for Vanity. Vanity, of course, was a singer for Prince who was dreamy in "The Last Dragon," and with white hair, she'd have been a pretty boss and punk rock Storm who could add some big appeal to music fans. Plus giving her the silver suit along with Storm's signature cape would have added to the dazzle. I don't know if I'd have given her the mohawk.


Professor X: David Ogden Stiers
Ogden Stiers would have been a great Professor X. Although he doesn't entirely resemble the Professor, he'd have added a real class and pop to the character who spends most of his time in the wheel chair guiding the X-men and clashing with his students. Plus I'd have had at least one scene where Ogden Stiers and Hoskins would play off of one another in a heated confrontation involving screaming and whatnot.


Magneto: Rutger Hauer
I mean who else? Rutger Hauer is one of the ultimate movie villain actors and he would have been quite excellent as Magneto. Granted he’s not as old as Ogden Stiers, but that could be forgiven in some respects if their origins were retconned a bit. Heck, they were massively retconned in “First Class,” after all. In his prime, Hauer could play despicable monster or dashing villain, and as Magneto he would have been a prime candidate as this leader charging in to this war.


Toad: Joshua John Miller
Toad would have been a good supporting character and Joshua John Miller from “Class of 1999” and “Near Dark” would have lent the character some tragedy and complexity. I picture him as the weak link Magneto’s movement. Miller has a penchant for playing tragic characters after all.


Rogue: Sherilyn Fenn
Many forget that Rogue used to be a part of Magneto’s team before joining the X-Men and my X-Men movie from the eighties would have Rogue as a villain first, working to hurt the X-Men as much as possible. Sherilyn Fenn could pull off the Southern Belle in her sleep, and as Rogue she could also be a great villain struggling with her loyalties.


Sabretooth: Brian Thompson
Come on, who wouldn’t want the man from “Cobra” and “Death Warrant” to go toe to toe with Wolverine in the X-Men movie as Sabretooth. This character would be easy to put on screen and Thompson would be an opposing force in the role. With some hair attachments, fake fangs, and the proper make up, he’d make a great Sabretooth. 

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Superman Posted on Jul 26, 2017 at 05:52 PM

What an interesting look back at what might have been. I like your casting of Michelle Pfeiffer as Jean Grey a lot. That's by far my favorite casting choice in this entire article.

echidna64 Posted on Jul 26, 2017 at 05:48 AM

echidna64 Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 06:15 PM

I think that 80's Mel Gibson as Wolverine would be all the right kinds of crazy

Vaporman87 Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 08:47 PM

While Hoskins may be perfect in some ways, he just lacks an intimidating frame. Like I said, he would have had to go ape on the weights for a very long time just to come close to Wolvie's shape.

I would probably have gone with somebody like Tom Cruise. He's short, he can pack on muscle when he needs to, and he's insane. Kinda like Logan.

Hoju Koolander Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 08:14 PM

This was a great What If... experiment. I have to echo everybody else in disagreeing with Claremont's vision for Wolverine. I remember in an old Wizard magazine they cast a Cape Fear era Robert DeNiro as Logan, which seemed like a good choice. Loved the Rutger Hauer pull too, makes so much sense. Oh and Dolph Lundgren for Colossus, right? DUH!

NLogan Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 07:54 PM

Bob wouldn't be my first choice.But at 5'4" he was close to the right height and was hirsute.

FlixtheCatJr Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 05:34 PM

@OldSchool80s: In the comics, Wolverine is only 5'3", I think Bob Hoskins is a great choice, personally.

OldSchool80s Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 02:31 PM

I like Vanity as Storm and Sherilyn Fenn as Rogue. Bob Hoskins as Wolverine was the biggest miss for me. I does have the hairy forearms, but I think you need somebody taller and much more muscular. Nobody perfect comes to mind, but maybe you go with David Hasselhoff, Chuck Norris or even cast against the norm and go Carl Weathers. I don't know, but I think Professor X and Wolverine are 2 most important casting decisions and you have to get them as right as possible.

NLogan Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 01:39 PM

But he was a hairy little runt and strong.

Vaporman87 Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 08:02 AM

Best choice here is easily Rutger Hauer as Magneto. Man... I would have LOVED to see that. Best Magneto ever, right there.

Worst choice... Bob Hoskins??? Uh, no. Yeah, he's short and loud, but c'mon. The man would have had to work out for years to get ready for that part.

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