Liev Schreiber, known to CSI
fans as Mike Keppler, has signed on to join the cast of an upcoming prequel to the X-Men
movie series. The film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine
, is expected to start filming later this year, and is slated to hit the theaters on May 1, 2009.
Schreiber will be playing a younger William Stryker, a character that appeared in the X-Men 2
film, originally played by Brian Cox. According to reports, he'll be portraying a military general who subjected Wolverine to the adamantium experiment. The CSI
actor will be playing opposite Hugh Jackman, who is reprising his role as the mysterious mutant Wolverine.
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Directed by Gavin Hood, the movie focuses on Wolverine, a mutant with regenerative powers, three claws on each hand and a skeleton all laced with the rare metal known as adamantium, as he struggles to explore his mysterious past. Set 17 years before the first X-Men
movie, it also centers on his complex relationship with Victor Creed, also known as Sabretooth, as well as his early encounters with William Stryker and the Weapon X program.
During his stint on CSI
, Schreiber's character worked with the CSI team of Las Vegas on the graveyard shift, filling in for Gil Grissom (William Petersen
) who was on a four-week sabbatical. He first appeared on “Sweet Jane” in the seventh season and was last seen on “Law of Gravity” where he was killed in the line of duty during an encounter with Frank McCarty.
Aside from CSI
, Schreiber is a Tony Award-winning actor known for mainstream Hollywood movies, including the Scream trilogy of horror films where he played Cotton Weary. His other credits include The Manchurian Candidate
as Raymond Shaw, The Omen
, which was a remake of the 1976 film, Mike Newell's screen adaptation of Love in the Time of Cholera
where he played the womanizing Lotario Thurgot.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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