Hey baby I hear the blues a'callin'


USA Today

shows off a couple of the new mutants inhabiting next year's

X-Men 3


Brett (Rush Hour 2) Ratner

takes over the franchise from

Bryan Singer

, who's currently wrapping up

Superman Returns

, also slated for 2006. The most unusual addition appears to be television star

Kelsey Grammer

as the blue-hued furball Beast. While achieving success as Frasier Crane for over 20 years on two sitcoms, his choices of movie roles in such fare as

Down Periscope


The New Jersey Turnpikes

leave much to be desired.

X-Men 3

should do a lot to reverse this trend. Grammer, at age 50, also tips the age balance of the series a bit, joining co-stars Patrick Stewart (65) and Ian McKellen (66) in the AARP demographic.

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