August 26, 2005 at 12:00 PM EDT

Pop quiz: What do Kelsey Grammer, Vinnie Jones, Ben Foster, Ellen Page, Olivia Williams, Bill Duke, and Michael Murphy, and Shohreh Aghdashloo (left) have in common?

They’re all recent additions to the cast of X-Men 3. Grammer, of course, is playing Beast, Jones is Juggernaut, Foster is Angel, and Page is Kitty Pryce. Williams (The Sixth Sense) is Dr. Moira McTaggert, an old flame of Professor X (Patrick Stewart). Duke (Predator) is a politician, and Robert Altman regular Murphy is Angel’s father.

Aghdashloo, who joins fellow Oscar darlings Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, and Anna Paquin among the mutants, describes her character to EW, telling Michelle Kung: ”I’m playing Dr. Cecilia Reyes (inset), and she has this power to create a six-inch force field around herself and ward off any attack.” More than that, the 24 actress can’t say. ”To tell the truth, I don’t know because I have not read the script yet! Brett is still working on it.” That would be director Brett Ratner, who fanboys fear will manhandle the precious X-Men franchise by treating it with all the subtlety he brought to bear on the Rush Hour movies. When the film shoots in October, can his high-caliber cast form a force field around the movie to protect it from hackery?

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