X-Men: First Class gains a Riptide

X-Men First Class

X-Men: First Class may currently be shooting right here in the UK, but that doesn’t mean its casting department gets to rest back on its laurels.

A new character in the form of Riptide has been welcomed into the fold, with Alex Gonzalez taking on the role of the comic book henchman.

In the X-Men comics, Riptide is a mutant who works alongside the villainous Mr Sinister. Imbued with the ability to spin at a fast rate, Riptide attacks by hurling shuriken (ninja stars) from his body with such speed that they can smash through solid steel.

Though Mr Sinister is not believed to be appearing in the movie, there’s a chance Riptide could become a henchman to main First Class villain Sebastian Shaw, played by Kevin Bacon.

Considering the lateness of his casting, though, we imagine Riptide will only play a minor role in the flick – akin to Kitty Pride’s first blink-and-miss-her appearance in X2 . Still, good to see that the production’s paying as much attention to its secondary characters as its primaries.

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.