One of the least realized roles in the ‘X-Men’ cinematic franchise has been Daniel Cudmore’s take on Colossus.  In the comics, the Russian mutant with the power to turn his skin into steel is a long-running and beloved character, but Cudmore got very little screen time in his appearances and almost no lines.  His fan-favorite romance with Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) was barely touched on.  Earlier, the actor tweeted that he wasn’t likely returning to the role in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ and later that he was also not appearing in ‘Deadpool,’ despite his character being in the script.

Last month, a bystander managed to snap the action as Ryan Reynolds/Deadpool battled another actor decked out in motion capture sensors, which turned out to be Colossus.

So who is this beefy mystery man taking over for Cudmore?  The actress playing Angel Dust in the movie, Gina Carano made the revelation on Twitter:

So who is Andre Tricoteux?  For one thing, he towers at 6′ 10 1/2″ and has made appearances in several TV shows and movies, including the live action movie based on ‘Warcraft‘ and the upcoming TVLand sitcom ‘Impastor’ with Michael Rosenbaum.  But Colossus may be his most high profile role to date.

Since the final Colossus will be supplied via CGI, there’s no telling how Tricoteux’s Colossus will turn out.  Cudmore more closely resembles the comic book character, with his youthful looks and fit physique.  That’s no slam against Tricoteux, but he does look older and is slightly… well, they keep saying the Dad Bod is all the rage, right?

So what do you think?  Did Cudmore deserve another shot at the role?  Or is it better that he was replaced?  Do you think the towering Andre Tricoteux is a better match for the armored mutant? What do you think?  Comment below!

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

‘Deadpool’ is ready to slay audiences in theaters February 12, 2016.