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Oliver Platt joins the cast of X-Men: First Class as a non-mutant

08.16.2010

Currently I'm awaiting word to be cast in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.

Okay not really, but it feels like every other actor/actress in Hollywood has a part in this damn movie.

After James McAvoy as Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Alice Eve as Emma Frost, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Caleb Landry Jones as Banshee, Lucas Till as Havoc, Edi Gathegi as Darwin, Kevin Bacon as the villain, and Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert, we now have Oliver Platt joining as "The Man in Black". No relation to Johnny Cash.

Who is this mysterious man in black? I like to consider myself fairly knowledgeable in all things X-Men characters, but am drawing a blank for the Man in Black. The only details given by Deadline say that Platt's character is a non-mutant. However, while browsing the brilliant comic minds of the site, Comic Book Movie.com, an anonymous reader left a suggestion: Friedrich Von Roehm (aka the Black Rook). At first I thought this might make since because Von Roehm is a member of the Hellfire Club, which could then link Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw. My excitement quickly drew to a halt when I realized that Von Roehm possessed abilities that closely resembled to lycanthropy.

I love Platt and welcome him to the cast list. But does anyone else have any ideas who he could be playing? Is there someone lost in the Marvel universe that I'm missing?

Extra Tidbit: On the subject of men in black, if anyone cares, a name for the man in black from LOST was revealed. For some reason you may not want this spoiled for you, so if you want to know head here.

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