Buried within The Hollywood Reporter's story from earlier today, which revealed that Gina Carano is playing Angel Dust in Deadpool, was an intriguing tidbit that X-Men character Colossus is also slated to appear in the movie. Unfortunately, no further details were given as to how he fits into the plot, but a report from October revealed that Deadpool is a part of the X-Men franchise, so it would make sense that characters such as Colossus will be present.

Daniel Cudmore played Colossus in X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand and last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past, but it wasn't said if the actor is reprising his role, or if another actor will take over for this project. What's also interesting is that Colossus wasn't featured in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which served as the first appearance of Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool, a.k.a. The Merc With the Mouth.

The Colossus character, who was born Piotr Nikolaievitch Rasputin, was created by writer Len Wein and illustrator David Cockrum, making his first appearance in Giant Size X-Men #1 in 1975. In the comics, he is easily the strongest X-Men, who has the ability to transform himself into a metallic form. There was a Bleeding Cool report from way back in 2010 that revealed Colossus makes an appearance, and that it's not just a cameo. The character is reportedly in "more than one scene, and has got some stuff to do," according to the site's source.

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Of course, that report was never confirmed, and it isn't known how much the script has changed in the five years since that report surfaced. Daniel Cudmore also responded to the story through his own Twitter page, although he wouldn't comment on if he is coming back or not. Are you excited to see what Colossus will do in Deadpool? Do you think Daniel Cudmore should come back, or would you like to see a different actor portray this character? Take a look at Daniel Cudmore's tweet, and chime in with your thoughts.