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Rose Byrne to play Moira MacTaggert in X-Men: First Class

08.16.2010

UPDATE - Deadline is now reporting that Oliver Platt has also signed on to star as the mysterious figure "The Man in Black"...

With filming set to begin later this month, the final bits of casting on X-MEN: FIRST CLASS are taking shape. Rose Byrne has signed on to star as Moira MacTaggert, the Scottish geneticist who's also a love interest for Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), while Jason Flemyng will play Azazel, the mutant who would eventually be the father to Nightcrawler.

MacTaggert, if you'll remember, was actually seen in X-MEN 3 (a movie so terrible, I've completely blanked on the subtitle that followed) in a post-credits sequence and was played by Olivia Williams. (Let's forget for a second that McAvoy is about 40 years younger than Patrick Stewart but Byrne is only about 10 years younger than Williams. I think it's safe to say we're now working in a universe where Ratner doesn't exist.)

With Mystique already cast in the film, it certainly seems that we'll see the genesis of Nightcrawler with both his mother and father cast in this film. I wouldn't expect him to be a huge part of this film but probably someone at an early point of Mystique's storyline.

Byrne is currently filming the Kristen Wiig comedy BRIDESMAIDS and can be seen next in the James Wan horror film INSIDIOUS.

Extra Tidbit: Flemyng has starred in all of director Matthew Vaughn's films.
Source: THR

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9:42PM on 08/16/2010
McTaggert needs to be elegant, and graceful with a sense of power with beauty. Byrne has all of that and then some.
McTaggert needs to be elegant, and graceful with a sense of power with beauty. Byrne has all of that and then some.
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8:25PM on 08/16/2010

Moira's age

We don't know how old Moira was supposed to be in X3. She was always drawn as being young in the comics even though she was Xavier's love interest as a teenager. Then she hooked up with Banshee who would have been much younger than her.
We don't know how old Moira was supposed to be in X3. She was always drawn as being young in the comics even though she was Xavier's love interest as a teenager. Then she hooked up with Banshee who would have been much younger than her.
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7:54PM on 08/16/2010
Rose sure is fine.. At least X-men 3 was way better than Spiderman 3 or Blade 3
Rose sure is fine.. At least X-men 3 was way better than Spiderman 3 or Blade 3
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11:07AM on 08/17/2010
Not saying much . . .
Not saying much . . .
7:54PM on 08/16/2010
Can they ruin the series anymore than they already have? Don't get me wrong, I love that they actually casted Rose for the part, but they just making the movies worse with each one.
Can they ruin the series anymore than they already have? Don't get me wrong, I love that they actually casted Rose for the part, but they just making the movies worse with each one.
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3:57PM on 08/16/2010
Oliver Platt is going to be a horrible Johnny Cash.
Oliver Platt is going to be a horrible Johnny Cash.
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2:11PM on 08/16/2010
Its nice to see casting for a character that SHOULD be in this. Seems like the announcements, for a while there, involved way too many unnecessary mutants. I know X-Men is an ensemble affair and all, but the story of how it all begins shouldn't be too cluttered.
Its nice to see casting for a character that SHOULD be in this. Seems like the announcements, for a while there, involved way too many unnecessary mutants. I know X-Men is an ensemble affair and all, but the story of how it all begins shouldn't be too cluttered.
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1:54PM on 08/16/2010

Rose is hot!

Wicker Park and Troy gave me a boner after watching her scenes!
Wicker Park and Troy gave me a boner after watching her scenes!
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1:10PM on 08/16/2010
despite it's great cast and director, I'm still afraid this movie will be a mess... Remember this is FOX we're talking about
despite it's great cast and director, I'm still afraid this movie will be a mess... Remember this is FOX we're talking about
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1:08PM on 08/16/2010
casting for XMFC is looking pretty dang good so far!
casting for XMFC is looking pretty dang good so far!
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12:47PM on 08/16/2010
Rose Byrne. GODDAMN I LOVE HER
Rose Byrne. GODDAMN I LOVE HER
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12:12PM on 08/16/2010
they better hurry up.
they better hurry up.
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11:11AM on 08/16/2010
Another good casting decision. I was a little worried about this movie at first, but after seeing Kick Ass I am have full confidence that Vaughn can deliver a great X-Men flick and give this franchise hope again. I really like the diverse cast alot and hopefully they all get cool storylines, but hopefully they're aren't too many that the movie becomes too confusing to follow with all the secondary characters. I have faith though.
Another good casting decision. I was a little worried about this movie at first, but after seeing Kick Ass I am have full confidence that Vaughn can deliver a great X-Men flick and give this franchise hope again. I really like the diverse cast alot and hopefully they all get cool storylines, but hopefully they're aren't too many that the movie becomes too confusing to follow with all the secondary characters. I have faith though.
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10:58AM on 08/16/2010
Rose Byrn is a quite decent actress, just watch her hold her own with the likes of Glenn Close/Ted Danson/William Hurt and others in Damages. The neutrals is for I dont give one shit about this movie at all.
Rose Byrn is a quite decent actress, just watch her hold her own with the likes of Glenn Close/Ted Danson/William Hurt and others in Damages. The neutrals is for I dont give one shit about this movie at all.
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10:32AM on 08/16/2010
That's a hot commodity right there. She really held her own in 28 Weeks Later and Sunshine so I'm hoping she gets a fairly decent sized role in this one.
That's a hot commodity right there. She really held her own in 28 Weeks Later and Sunshine so I'm hoping she gets a fairly decent sized role in this one.
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10:28AM on 08/16/2010
I adore Rose.
I adore Rose.
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10:27AM on 08/16/2010

Mike:

Subtitle for X3 was "The Last Stand," but I don't blame you for forgetting it; that movie was a hot mess. That's the problem with X-Men-you need a skilled person like Bryan Singer at the helm to keep big ensemble films under control. I don't know what to make of all this, but I definitely felt like giving up after X3.
Subtitle for X3 was "The Last Stand," but I don't blame you for forgetting it; that movie was a hot mess. That's the problem with X-Men-you need a skilled person like Bryan Singer at the helm to keep big ensemble films under control. I don't know what to make of all this, but I definitely felt like giving up after X3.
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10:21AM on 08/16/2010
I still think Matthew Vaughn is the best thing this movie's got going for it. If all these characters and actors can come together into a coherent whole, it'll be thanks to him (and the screenwriters, to an extent). On a side note, while I'm not the biggest X-Men fanatic by a long shot, Fassbender as a young Magneto sounds perfect to me.
I still think Matthew Vaughn is the best thing this movie's got going for it. If all these characters and actors can come together into a coherent whole, it'll be thanks to him (and the screenwriters, to an extent). On a side note, while I'm not the biggest X-Men fanatic by a long shot, Fassbender as a young Magneto sounds perfect to me.
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10:10AM on 08/16/2010

As much as I like Rose Bryne

This seems to have trainwreck written all over it.
This seems to have trainwreck written all over it.
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10:08AM on 08/16/2010

This is really coming together.

In the beginning I wasn't really excited for this in the slightest, but now I'm seeing this top-notch cast coming together and the possible story lines and it all sounds terrific. Rose Byrne is such an underrated actress, hopefully this will be her big break.
In the beginning I wasn't really excited for this in the slightest, but now I'm seeing this top-notch cast coming together and the possible story lines and it all sounds terrific. Rose Byrne is such an underrated actress, hopefully this will be her big break.
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