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Ray Wise is a little late to the casting party for X-Men: First Class

11.30.2010

Remember the days when it seemed like every day we had some sort of casting news for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS?

Well, they weren't done.

IGN spoke with Ray Wise last night who revealed that he would be appearing in the film. "I'm playing the Secretary of State of the United States. I'll be going over there in the next couple of weeks," said Wise. You might remember Wise as Leland the uber-creepy dad to Laura Palmer on TWIN PEAKS.

The actor is excited to work with director Matthew Vaughn on the project, "I love Matthew. And Bryan Singer's producing it and [it's got] a great cast – James McAvoy, January Jones, Oliver Platt." When asked if he would be in any scenes with big special effects, Wise replied, "Well, I think I touch on them, yeah, a bit."

I actually took some time to read FIRST CLASS. At first I was a little put off by it, but I really wanted to know what it was all about. It's really not that bad. I enjoyed it. However, I never got the impression that it took place in the 1960's, unless I was reading completely different like a spin-off or something. All the clothes are modern. The only thing that represented the past was the original suits and line-up. If anyone else has read these, maybe you can clue me in on what the hell I was reading.

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Source: IGN

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2:56AM on 01/05/2011
bummer, would have been good casting, even i dont like this idea for a film.
bummer, would have been good casting, even i dont like this idea for a film.
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2:21PM on 12/01/2010
Niki, X-Men: First Class has nothing to do with the comic of the same name. Two totally different stories. They should have went with a different title, me thinks.
Niki, X-Men: First Class has nothing to do with the comic of the same name. Two totally different stories. They should have went with a different title, me thinks.
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2:11PM on 12/01/2010
No Jean or Cyclops is a big sign to stay away, but I'm going to charge head first anyway.
No Jean or Cyclops is a big sign to stay away, but I'm going to charge head first anyway.
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1:33PM on 12/01/2010
This is still coming out next year?
This is still coming out next year?
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12:06AM on 12/01/2010
Wise is as fantastically creepy as the creepiest of the real Secretaries of State. What a treat to have Directors this fine-and established-working with the Mutants. I also think Aronofksy could make the most extraordinary superhero film yet, but if Vaughn makes this retro Bond/Incredibles version of Xmen work it should be supercool.
Wise is as fantastically creepy as the creepiest of the real Secretaries of State. What a treat to have Directors this fine-and established-working with the Mutants. I also think Aronofksy could make the most extraordinary superhero film yet, but if Vaughn makes this retro Bond/Incredibles version of Xmen work it should be supercool.
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11:17PM on 11/30/2010

It's true...

When the news broke that Aronofsky was directing The Wolverine, I completely forgot that this movie was happening. Still excited about it though. But The Wolverine is the one to see. Personally I think, Aronofsky wants to show he can make a better superhero movie than Nolan. And maybe he can.
When the news broke that Aronofsky was directing The Wolverine, I completely forgot that this movie was happening. Still excited about it though. But The Wolverine is the one to see. Personally I think, Aronofsky wants to show he can make a better superhero movie than Nolan. And maybe he can.
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10:05PM on 11/30/2010

All over the map

Fox didn't have a definite plan when they started doing the X-Men. I probably didn't expect it to become such a hit. They knew they had to turn it into a franchinse so they came up with three more movies, including the Wolverine prequel. They even left open the possiblity of bringing back Professor Xavier with anew actor. Remember the scene after the credits that had Xavier transfer his mind to a new body? We never saw the actor's face. They were actually thinking of coming out with a
Fox didn't have a definite plan when they started doing the X-Men. I probably didn't expect it to become such a hit. They knew they had to turn it into a franchinse so they came up with three more movies, including the Wolverine prequel. They even left open the possiblity of bringing back Professor Xavier with anew actor. Remember the scene after the credits that had Xavier transfer his mind to a new body? We never saw the actor's face. They were actually thinking of coming out with a movie with Iceman, Kitty, Collosus, Angel, Siren and maybe some new characters so it basically would have been X-Men: New Class or something but then Singer came back and said "Let's set the movie in the sixties and have young actors play Xavier and Magneto and sow them founding the X-Men and then going their separate ways." Fox liked the idea and brought him back but then everyone agreed to bring in a new director. Why? Probably to make it a fresh start so it would seem like a reboot. But it isn't a reboot: if the movie is set in the sixties then Cyclops and Jean aren't even born yet. Deal with it. Beast can be in it because he was portrayed in X-Men 3 as being much older than Scott and Jean. Oh and this means that Havok is not Scott's brother, not in the movie anyway. That makes me nervous. There's not much point lifting characters from the comics if you aren't going to preserve their relationships: all you are left with is their name, powers and personality. I guess that will have to do.
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10:03PM on 11/30/2010
No Cyke and No Jean doesn't bother me at all. It's Xavier and Magneto's story and hopefully Vaughn is up to the task. Everything looks great so far.
No Cyke and No Jean doesn't bother me at all. It's Xavier and Magneto's story and hopefully Vaughn is up to the task. Everything looks great so far.
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9:19PM on 11/30/2010
I think the news that Aronofsky will be directing The Wolverine has overshadowed this movie. I'm still not sure if this is a prequel, or are they trying to reboot X-men? After this and The Wolverine, I really think we need to get back to an X-men movie with the classic X-men characters (Cyclops, Storm, Rouge, Jean, Angel, Nightcrawler, etc).
I think the news that Aronofsky will be directing The Wolverine has overshadowed this movie. I'm still not sure if this is a prequel, or are they trying to reboot X-men? After this and The Wolverine, I really think we need to get back to an X-men movie with the classic X-men characters (Cyclops, Storm, Rouge, Jean, Angel, Nightcrawler, etc).
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8:49PM on 11/30/2010
Still don't like the idea that the movie will not have Cyclops and Jean Grey. How do you have an X-Men movie without these characters?
Still don't like the idea that the movie will not have Cyclops and Jean Grey. How do you have an X-Men movie without these characters?
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8:29AM on 12/01/2010
Agreed. A thousand times, agreed.
Agreed. A thousand times, agreed.
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8:25PM on 11/30/2010

All of the set

Well all of the set photos I've seen so far are very 60s looking.
Well all of the set photos I've seen so far are very 60s looking.
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