It appears that the ever-growing army of alumni for next year's follow-up, X-Men: Days of Future Past continues to expand. This time, it will benefit from the presence of Daniel Cudmore, who will provide some steely reinforcement when he reprises his role as signature X-Man, Colossus.
Director, Bryan Singer, in keeping with his tradition of making Twitter his PR machine, confirmed the return of Cudmore to the X-Men fold by way of a photo showing his wall collage of cast head shots. While every cast member we know to be confirmed is there, the final three photos in the bottom-right row implies the addition of Cudmore, as well as the presence of a duo of X-franchise newbies in actress, Fan Bingbing and actor, BooBoo Stewart. (Both of which Singer may have cast simply for the pure amusement of whoever handles the credits.)
After playing the role of the reinforced Russian rager in 2003's X2 and 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, Cudmore has stuck closely to genre films, playing vampire enforcer, Felix in the Twilight movies (which also features new co-star BooBoo Stewart as werewolf, Seth), and will portray the mythical Manticore in this summer's sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. Now, after an 8 year hiatus, he will once again play Peter Rasputin (as it is spelled in the film canon), the brawling, buff, and brave young mutant whose powers grant him superhuman strength and endurance, as his body transforms into an articulated anthropomorphic statue made of organic steel.
We certainly have to chalk another one up for B-Money (as I'm sure someone has called him at some point,) and his ability to corral his merry band of X-folk with extreme efficiency. Because of that, Hugh Jackman's Wolverine will now be able to participate in a few rounds of Fastball Special, the move where Colossus famously lobs the crazed claw-wielder at enemies such as the giant robot Sentinels for unmitigated adamantium-impacted extermination.
X-Men: Days of Future Past crashes through random walls like a chrome-covered Kool-Aid Man at theaters on July 18, 2014.