I think Giancarlo Esposito really wants the MCU Professor X role. This weekend the actor was at Fan Expo Boston where ComicBook.com was in attendance. Esposito detailed his previous meeting with Marvel Studios which he explains was for a role in Loki. Esposito wasn’t keen on the role because it would have prevented him taking on a bigger movie role in the future.
“In the Marvel Universe if you do something in television, one character, you can’t switch and play a different character,” Esposito said. “So, out of that meeting, which was really wonderful, I had some interest in doing something with them which they’ve since done, I think it was Loki at that time, and someone else has done Loki, that’s great, in television and I’d like to be invited to the table to do something in film because I have a big persona and I’ve been in the television world for a while and I’ve still got some movies each year.”
As for what role he wants, it’s 100% Professor X and Esposito went on to explain how he’d play the role.
“I’d play that character with force, grace, and a calm,” Esposito said. “Someone who controls the chaos but who also has the ability to uplift and inspire.”
As you can see from the related link above, this is the second time recently Esposito has thrown his hat in the ring for Professor X. Previously Esposito teased that whilst there has been talk of various villainous characters, he would choose Professor X. If you read my previous coverage you’ll know I’m a fan of this casting. Esposito is a phenomenal actor, but he is being typecast a bit as a villain. That’s because he’s such a great villain, and that’s fine. However I actually think it would be great to see Esposito in the MCU Professor X role.
Others may disagree and at the end of the day it comes down to what Marvel Studios is looking for. I think we will get Professor X eventually, it just remains to be seen whether Esposito is someone they like for the role? It seems far too early to get into X-Men casting for now in the MCU. However the Mutants are definitely coming sooner or later.
What do you think of Giancarlo Esposito for the MCU Professor X role? Will his campaigning pay off, or do you think he’s just not right for the role? As always, leave any thoughts below or over on Discord.