Rumours have been swirling for a while now that Marvel are lining up Giancarlo Esposito AKA Gus Fring to replace Patrick Stewart as Professor X in the MCU. Well it now seems this is extremely likely after Esposito did a fan panel the other night and revealed he’d met with Marvel Studios over the role, and made his desire to play Charles Xavier explicitly known:
Giancarlo Esposito reveals he’s had talks with Marvel and wants to play Professor X 👀pic.twitter.com/vhuArUjZD6
— Screen Off Script (@ScreenOffScript) August 8, 2022
Kinda puts Marvel on the spot there a little bit, making this info public and ‘putting it out into the universe’ in hopes that it will happen. Then again if an actor on the level of Giancarlo Esposito is this passionate about the idea of joining the MCU as Charles Xavier, I think you absolute have to give him the role. He’s got that fatherly ‘smartest guy in the room who will also murder you if he needs to’ vibe – he’s basically perfect the role.
Esposito casually mentions talks of “Freeze” as well, which I think means he’s spoken to Marvel about potentially playing Mr Freeze in the Batman sequel? If that’s the case then count me in for that too. Excellent actor who would knock any role you give him out of the park. Big things ahead for Giancarlo Esposito, that’s for sure.
For a look at the first trailer for ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’, starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, click HERE. You just know that’s gonna be a classic.