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School’s (almost) Back in Session for the X-Men

June 29th, 2010

Professor X!

Hated and feared, powerful and scary, Halle Berry and Hugh Jackman……yeah, we’re already pretty informed on all things super-powered, but X-Men: First Class is diving back in time to the beginnings of the team, and the class is almost fully cast!

Here’s who we’ve got so far:

James McAvoy: Professor Charles Xavier. Already scene in all three X-Men films, its known he’s started the X-Men, and that is former BFF is mutant baddie Magneto. This prequel film explores that friendship, and probably takes place during the events of the Wolverine movie as Xavier popped up at the end to recruit team leader Cyclops

Michael Fassbender: Magneto. Seen last year in Inglorius Basterds, he’s now the big bad master of magnetism. We saw a glimpse into his life during the holocaust in X-Men 1, and we’ll probably see more in this film too. Plus, as Xavier gathers his team, Magneto’s busy gathering his Brotherhood too.

Benjamin Walker: the Beast. The Flags of Our Fathers actor is definitely confirmed for this role. We last saw the character (as Kelsey Grammer) in X-Men: The Last Stand, and we know he used to run with the X-Men before taking a more politic role for mutants. Here, and like the comics, he was one of the original X-Men, and we are probably going to see him in his human form.

Rumoured Casting:

Alice Eve: Emma Frost. The SATC2 actress is only in talks to play the villainous Emma Frost, who was seen in Wolverine Origins, running away with Cyclops and Xavier. However, in the comics, she was a villain who sparred against Jean Grey long before she joined the good guys (and started dating Cyclops herself). It will be interesting to see if she’s a goodie or a baddie in the movie.

Amber Heard: Mystique: The Zombieland and Never Back Down actress is only in talks for the role. The character (previously played by Rebecca Romijn)supposedly lost her powers at the end of X-Men: The Last Stand, but the X-Franchise started out with her as a member of Magneto’s brotherhood. She’ll probably be his first recruit.

Rosamund Pike: Moira MacTaggert: This former Bond Girl may be trading in the world of espionage for the world of mutants. One of the main human characters from the comics, Moira is a close friend of Xavier’s. She was briefly seen in X-Men: The Last Stand, but played an important role in saving Xavier if you watched past the end credits.

Wider Rumours:

Tom Pocock: Cyclops: Nothing is confirmed, but the actor did play a central role in Wolverine Origins, and would be a logical choice to lead the franchise forward if this new film is indeed following the same story flow as the four previous films.

Hugh Jackman: Wolverine: Since he can be any age (and Jackman is totally loving the franchise) there are rumours he may make a cameo in the film.

The other big rumours are who the other characters are going to be in the film. movies, Angel and Iceman (both original X-Men in the comics) were cast as younger mutants in the previous X-Men movies, so they probably won’t be in First Class. Other X-Men original class members from the comics are Jean Grey (Xavier and Magneto fought over recruiting her in a flashback in X-Men: The Last Stand), Havok (Cyclops kid brother) and Polaris (Magneto’s daughter).

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