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Eric Roberts Stars in New Unofficial X-Men Short Film, Play For Keeps

Eric Roberts, who played the Master in the 1996 TV Movie opposite Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor, has appeared in a new fan-made film based on Marvel’s much-loved X-Men comic series – and it’s seriously impressive.

Play For Keeps primarily focuses on Remy LeBeau, aka. the Cajun mutant known as Gambit, and his other half, Rogue. These characters have been played on-screen by Taylor Kitsch and Anna Paquin, respectively, in the Fox films, while Ilyana Rasputin (Magik), who also appears in this short, will be played by Anya Taylor-Joy in the upcoming New Mutants film.

Roberts drezzes for the occasion here once more, playing the villain, arms dealer Nicky Lonero, in Play For Keeps. The film includes some seriously impressive sequences and special effects, and is well worth a watch, even if you’re not a huge fan of comics.

It’s directed by Jensen Noen and stars Nick Bateman as Gambit, Ellen Hoffman as Rogue, and Anna Butkevych as Magik.

We don’t know whether Marvel will let this one slide and stay online – it certainly deserves to be seen by as many as possible – but just in case there’s any trouble, we advise watching asap.

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

Eric Roberts Stars in New Unofficial X-Men Short Film, Play For Keeps

by Philip Bates time to read: 1 min
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