Will.i.am Cast as John Wraith in ‘Wolverine’

Like the news about Ryan Reynolds being cast as ‘Deadpool’ wasn’t surprising enough. Black Eye Peas’ lead singer/rapper Will.i.am has also been cast in his first acting role as John Wraith in next year’s ‘X-Men:Wolverine.’

Comingsoon.net gives us these details:

He’ll be joining Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Liev Schreiber (Sabretooth), Danny Huston (William Stryker), Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), Taylor Kitsch (Gambit) and Lynn Collins (Silver Fox) in the film opening May 1, 2009.

Wraith is a mutant who has the power to teleport, and is another test subject of the Weapon X program that created Wolverine and other mercenaries.

Yet another rapper takes the plunge into acting. Although, this news kind of makes me want to cringe, I’m willing to give this man a shot. Look at Will Smith, Mark Wahlberg, LL Cool J, Mos Def, and Common. They were all rappers first and proved that they also can act. However, when I look at 50 Cent, DMX, and The Game, I get worried that this was the right choice.

Hopefully this wasn’t a marketing decision, because as big as ‘Black Eyed Peas’ are, I don’t see more people going to see it just because Will.i.am is in it. :P

I’m willing to give this man the benefit of the doubt, and hopefully he delivers.

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