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Let’s Fan Cast the 'X-Men' Series with All Our Favorite TV People

Is the show a good idea? It might be if these folks star in it.

Let’s Fan Cast the 'X-Men' Series with All of Our Favorite TV People
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Ready or not, the X-Men could be coming to a small screen near you. Fox confirmed they're moving forward with developing the Marvel comic series for television — though the project will "not be on a fast track creatively."

Good news? Bad news? Let's suspend our disbelief for a moment and imagine what cast could make the show awesome. We've listed our favorite picks for our favorite mutants below (with a vague attempt to limit ourselves to TV actors that could somewhat feasibly be available), but we want to hear your suggestions too! Tell us who you would cast in the comments

David Morrissey for Magneto

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Where you might know him from: The Walking DeadDoctor Who

We thought filling Ian McKellan and Michael Fassbender's shoes would be impossible, but then we thought about Morrissey. The English actor made menacing an art form on The Walking Dead, and we know he could do this powerful mutant justice. 

Let’s Fan Cast the 'X-Men' Series with All of Our Favorite TV People

Mark Strong for Professor X

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Where you might know him from: Low Winter Sun, Sherlock Holmes

Most actors can't rock the bald and mentally superior look, but Strong is not most actors. He brings cunning intelligence to every role, and while he's played villains before, he knows how to bring much-needed complexity to good guys too. 

Let’s Fan Cast the 'X-Men' Series with All of Our Favorite TV People

Jon Bernthal for Wolverine

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Where you might know him from: The Walking Dead

Okay, yes, Wolverine might seem synonymous with Hugh Jackman at this point, but let's give another badass actor a shot. We submit for consideration Bernthal, who's found steady work since tearing things up on The Walking Dead but has yet to find a role to really sink his claws fingers into. 

Let’s Fan Cast the 'X-Men' Series with All of Our Favorite TV People

Deborah Ann Woll for Jean Grey

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Where you might know her from: True Blood

Portraying Jean Grey on television will not be for the faint of heart. The Omega Level mutant has some serious layers (and one hell of a dark side). While Game of Thrones' actress Sophie Turner will be taking on Grey on the big screen, we think former True Blood vampire Woll could make the role her own.

Let’s Fan Cast the 'X-Men' Series with All of Our Favorite TV People

Josh Holloway for Gambit

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Where you might know him from: Lost

Oh, Sawyer... It's been an uphill battle for the former Lost star, but we think Gambit could be the chance to bring Holloway back — for good (not like whatever that Intelligence stint was). 

Let’s Fan Cast the 'X-Men' Series with All of Our Favorite TV People

Freema Agyeman for Storm

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Where you might know her from: Doctor Who

If you're not a Doctor Who fan, we understand if you're skeptical. But if you're pro-Who and anti-Martha, we need to have words. Because Agyeman's Martha was kick-ass, leaving the Doctor to forge her own path, but supporting him when he needed her to save the universe and whatnot. That's Storm material in our book.

Let’s Fan Cast the 'X-Men' Series with All of Our Favorite TV People

Pedro Pascal for Nightcrawler

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Where you might know him from: Game of Thrones

Honestly, if we were in charge, we'd let Pascal take any role he wants on this new X-Men show. Since we're not in charge, we'll just humbly suggest the Game of Thrones actor use his considerable charm and swagger to bring the feisty Nightcrawler to life.

Let’s Fan Cast the 'X-Men' Series with All of Our Favorite TV People

Dylan O'Brien for Iceman

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Where you might know him from: Teen Wolf, The Maze Runner

Sure, O'Brien is a fancy movie star now with his Maze Runner franchise, but we think the Teen Wolf fav could bring a lot of humor and warmth to the coldest member of the X-Men team. (We're just saying it wouldn't hurt to ask him to join, right?)

Let’s Fan Cast the 'X-Men' Series with All of Our Favorite TV People

Dan Stevens for Cyclops

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Where you might know him from: Downton Abbey

It's hard to picture good ol' Matthew Crawley shooting beams out of his eyeballs, but hey, post-Downton Abbey Stevens is kind of a badass — a badass-in-training at the very least. 

Let’s Fan Cast the 'X-Men' Series with All of Our Favorite TV People

Yvonne Strahovski for Mystique

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Where you might know her from: Chuck, 24: Live Another Day

We think Jennifer Lawrence is doing a great job playing Mystique on the big screen, but we're pretty sure we'd love Strahovski just as much (if not more — sorry, JLaw). The Australian bombshell kicked butt and changed her appearance constantly on Chuck, and we want more. And the blue-er, the better.

Let’s Fan Cast the 'X-Men' Series with All of Our Favorite TV People

Robert Sheehan for Toad

Let’s Fan Cast the 'X-Men' Series with All of Our Favorite TV People
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Where you might know him from: Misfits, Love/Hate

Toad can be a bit of an unlikable, cocky prankster, but we think Sheehan can find some lovability in the tongue-happy mutant. And it wouldn't be the first time the Irish actor dabbled with powers — he played temporarily immortal Nathan on the cult superhero show Misfits

Let’s Fan Cast the 'X-Men' Series with All of Our Favorite TV People

Lyndsy Fonseca for Rogue

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Where you might know her from: Nikita, Agent Carter, How I Met Your Mother

She may be currently playing waitress Angie on Agent Carter, but we know Fonseca has some kickass skills waiting to be utilized. She followed up her role as Ted's Daughter on How I Met Your Mother with a gig as a trained assassin on Nikita, so girl's got some acting range. Let's put that to use with Rogue.

Let’s Fan Cast the 'X-Men' Series with All of Our Favorite TV People

 

Tyler Hoechlin for Beast

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Where you might know him from: Teen Wolf

Brawny and brainy? We'll take Tyler Hoechlin, thank you very much. The American actor has been playing a werewolf on Teen Wolf, but we see some beastly potential in there. (Or maybe Wolverine potential? It's hard to say. Maybe it's a good thing we're not casting directors.)

Let’s Fan Cast the 'X-Men' Series with All of Our Favorite TV People

Jeremy Allen White for Pyro

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Where you might know him from: Shameless

A little self-destructive? A little too hot-headed for his own good? White's got that locked down on Shameless as Phillip "Lip" Gallagher. Add some Pyro skills to the mix and we think the actor would be ready to light up primetime. 

Let’s Fan Cast the 'X-Men' Series with All of Our Favorite TV People

Dichen Lachman for Deathstrike

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Where you might know her from: Dollhouse, The 100, Being Human

If you're not familiar with Lachman, you'll just have to trust us — this gal is supervillain material. She effortlessly exudes confidence, badassery, and (when she's feeling like it) vulnerability, and we know she'd be the type of baddie to give the X-Men a run for their money.

Let’s Fan Cast the 'X-Men' Series with All of Our Favorite TV People

Aubrey Plaza for Kitty Pryde

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Where you might know her from: Parks and Recreation

Hey, Parks and Recreation is about to end, you guys, and we want to ensure Plaza has a lasting spot on our small screens. (Who wants a movie career anyway?) The wickedly funny actress could bring some levity to the intangible proceedings. 

Let’s Fan Cast the 'X-Men' Series with All of Our Favorite TV People

Joe Manganiello for Colossus

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Where you might know him from: True Blood

Look at Colossus. Now look at Manganiello. We're not saying looks are everything, but they are something. And the actor's proved he can hold his own on a television show, so we think he could handle portraying the imposing Russian mutant.

Let’s Fan Cast the 'X-Men' Series with All of Our Favorite TV People

Summer Glau for Psylocke

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Where you might know her from: Firefly, Arrow, Dollhouse

Glau, our patron lady of sci-fi awesomeness, has had some bad luck with television shows — specifically with television shows that don't get cancelled after one or two seasons. We're not convinced an X-Men series will stand the test of time, but we do know Glau could play any mutant. Seriously, after all...

Let’s Fan Cast the 'X-Men' Series with All of Our Favorite TV People

Those are our picks, but we want to hear yours! Let us know who should play who in the comments.

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