Courtesy of fan art creator Rahal Nejraoui on Instagram, we don’t have to simply imagine what Giancarlo Esposito might look like in the role of powerful mutant telepath Professor Charles Xavier, better known as Professor X. The art depicts Esposito in a well-tailored suit and sitting on a high-tech motorized wheelchair in a visual style that seems closer to the original “X-Men” film franchise than what we’d see in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — but it still serves to illustrate that Esposito would make a great Professor X, and he might not even have to shave his head bald to make the character convincing (although he probably would anyway).
Now, for the bad news: Esposito has also stated that the people at Marvel weren’t quite ready to sign him on for Professor X. As he put it: “I finally had to have my people call Marvel and explain that, you know, this is a fan want and we’d love to work with you and they aren’t quite ready to get into that conversation. But when they are, I am here.”
In the meantime, Esposito is staying busy whether or not he ever gets to sit in Professor X’s famous wheelchair. One upcoming project is an American remake of the British series “The Driver,” reportedly set to hit AMC sometime next year and which will also star Amanda Brugel and Skeet Ulrich (via Deadline).