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Brett Ratner replaces Vaugh on X-Men 3



Story by: Jack Foley

JUST days after Matthew Vaughn announced that he was to leave X-Men 3, a new director has been announced in the form of Rush Hour helmer, Brett Ratner.

The 36-year-old filmmaker was one of two names in the running for the superhero franchise, along with John Moore, but was confirmed on Monday, June 6, as stepping on board with immediate effect.

Ratner may seem like a surprise choice for such a significant blockbuster, but he has a proven track record at the box office and consistently shows an ability to adapt directorial style.

While his breakthrough came with the Rush Hour movies, starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, he surprised many by changing pace to much darker, more thoughtful effect with the Hannibal Lecter prequel, Red Dragon.

And he proved quite adept at putting a different spin on the age-hold heist genre with his enjoyable pairing of Pierce Brosnan and Woody Harrelson in After The Sunset.

It also helpes that Ratner is a self-confessed comic book nut, who was, in fact, originally considered to direct the original X-Men in 2000, before Bryan Singer stepped forward.

Singer, of course, has departed the X-Men franchise in favour of Superman.

Filming is therefore scheduled to start in August, with Zak Penn and Simon Kinberg responsible for penning the script.

In what's proving to be a period of hectic activity for X3, it has also been announced that that Lost star, Maggie Grace, will play the role of Kitty Pryde, aka Shadowcat, a new mutant with the ability to 'phase' through solid objects.

She is the latest new recruit, following in the footsteps of Vinnie Jones (as Juggernaut) and Kelsey Grammer (as Beast).

Series regulars, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are all so far confirmed to re-appear.

One last thing, however, Ratner's involvement with X-Men 3 means that Rush Hour 3 has been postponed yet again.

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