‘X-Men’ reboot: Shia LaBeouf tipped to play Iceman or Moon Knight

Shia LaBeouf is reportedly in consideration for the planned X-Men reboot. Marvel has two potential roles in mind for him.

The 34-year-old actor said in an interview in 2012 that he doesn’t want to work with big studios after Transformers. But if Marvel can change Shia LaBeouf’s mind and join X-Men, the studio reportedly wants him to either play Moon Knight or the Iceman.

According to reports, Marvel is keen on having LaBeouf back to the big studio system. Offering him a secondary role might help take off the pressure of carrying a movie that should rake box office billions.

Who are Moon Knight and Iceman?

Talks of LaBeouf as a frontrunner in the list of actors for the X-Men reboot has been going on for some time. But the report cited he is no longer the top choice for Moon Knight, and the role of Iceman is on the table.

Moon Knight or Marc Spector is similar to DC’s Batman. He’s a billionaire who uses his money to fight crime with high-tech equipment. However, Moon Knight has super-human abilities like strength and endurance, which comes from the moon.

The character has met different members of the Avengers in the comic books. It’s unclear if the reboot will go on this path.

Iceman/Robert Drake, on the other hand, has been done in previous X-Men movies with Fox and producer Bryan Singer. Actor Shawn Ashmore played the role for X-Men (2000) and X2: X-Men United (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).

His character is calm, level-headed, and quite close to Rogue. He has the power of cryokinesis.

Details of the X-Men Reboot

Marvel boss Kevin Feige confirmed that the reboot is happening but didn’t give any timeline or schedule for its production. One of the original writers from the first movie said that the new X-men would be a completely different movie.

David Hayter expressed that he’s not expecting an offer from Marvel to return as the screenwriter because Feige is looking for something new.

“They probably actively want to separate from the Bryan Singer versions for a number of reasons,” he said. “But if they asked me, I’ve made it clear to Kevin, I’ll work on any Marvel property. I’d do it for the rest of my life.”

A new X-Men film won’t be in theaters, perhaps at least 2023; thus, any announcements regarding Shia LaBeouf’s casting might not happen for a while. In the meantime, fans of the franchise are already re-imagining the new X-Men in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

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