2:22pm PT by Graeme McMillan
'Deadpool' Will Put 'X-Men's' Colossus Front and Center
As a long-serving member of the X-Men's comic book incarnation — he first appeared in 1975's Giant-Size X-Men No. 1, the issue which also debuted Storm and Nightcrawler, and introduced Wolverine to the team — Colossus has shown up in Fox's X-Men movies on a number of occasions. However, he never really received the spotlight he deserved. Next year's Deadpool, however, might change that.
"The Colossus you're going to see in Deadpool is very true to the original character in the comic book," Andre Tricoteux, who plays the hero in the movie, told TechTimes. "Tim Miller had a really clear vision, and the Deadpool people had a really clear vision of what they wanted. They wanted Colossus to be very traditional to the original story."
Tricoteux is actually the second actor to play the character onscreen, with Daniel Cudmore having taken on the role when the hero made appearances in X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand and 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past. Each of those appearances have been little more than cameos, however, and Tricoteux promises more from Deadpool.
"I think you're going to get to see more of who Colossus is," he said. "I think people will get a better sense of who he is. But I think there's still a lot more to be told about him. Colossus had been around in the comics since the '70s, so I mean, I think you could do your own movie on him."
And if that's not enough for the comic book faithful, Tricoteux — who, like Colossus' comic book incarnation, is Russian — teases that the character's ethnicity onscreen might finally match his origins. "I can't give too much away," he said, before adding, "We kept it very traditional to the comic book. Actually, we kept it exactly like the comic book, so you could be able to derive your own conclusion from that." Bozhe Moi!, as the comic book Colossus would put it.
Deadpool will be released Feb. 12, 2016.