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Singer talks X-Men: First Class, casting Taylor Lautner and Meagan Good?

07.19.2010

Bryan Singer was out speaking this weekend (at a church of all places) and Blastr, a division of Syfy, caught up with the director and grilled him on all things X-MEN. Regarding those rumors that Taylor Lautner might be cast in a cameo as a young(er) Wolverine in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS? Yeah that's a complete rumo--wait, it's true?!

"I wanted Taylor to do it, I really did...We talked about it a lot, he is a friend, and I really wanted to make it work. It just doesn't look like it's possible to do it." I'm guessing that "it just doesn't look like it's possible" really means "Matthew Vaughn wouldn't stand for it." I'm sure Fox is pushing to have a Wolverine cameo in FIRST CLASS but get Hugh Jackman! Wolverine was already a grown man when he first encountered Xavier.

In other casting news, Singer reveals an interesting name we hadn't previously heard: Meagan Good. He says her participation is still "uncertain" but that's a step up from Lautner, who he clarified as "out." Good would very likely be taking over for Halle Berry as a young Ororo Munroe/Storm. (If you remember, Storm had a cameo in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE as a young girl but was cut out.) Not sure how the ages would work though because good is 28 now, just four years younger than Berry when she started work on X-MEN. I assumed they were casting younger than that (always thought Zoe Kravitz would make a good, young Storm).

So far James McAvoy, Matthew Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence have been cast in the film with many younger mutants still on the way. Stay tuned...

Extra Tidbit: What do you think of the cast so far?
Source: Blastr

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8:26AM on 07/20/2010
Here's hoping Fox have the brains to leave Wolverine out of this film. A big ask, I know, but he really shouldn't be in this story at all.
Here's hoping Fox have the brains to leave Wolverine out of this film. A big ask, I know, but he really shouldn't be in this story at all.
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2:43AM on 07/20/2010
Cyclops was a high school student in Wolverine and Xavier was still Patrick Stewart.
Cyclops was a high school student in Wolverine and Xavier was still Patrick Stewart.
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1:35AM on 07/20/2010
Lautner in it makes it a no watch for me. Right now it seems aight tho
Lautner in it makes it a no watch for me. Right now it seems aight tho
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1:12AM on 07/20/2010

Ups and Downs

The casting as been pretty good so far, though if Taylor Lautner were to have been cast as Wolverine I truly believe I wouldn't have watched the movie until rental. He is on a list of actors that annoy me so much that they practically ruin every movie they're in. Randy Quaid and Dane Cook are on that list. Jessica Alba tried really hard to get on the list as well.
The casting as been pretty good so far, though if Taylor Lautner were to have been cast as Wolverine I truly believe I wouldn't have watched the movie until rental. He is on a list of actors that annoy me so much that they practically ruin every movie they're in. Randy Quaid and Dane Cook are on that list. Jessica Alba tried really hard to get on the list as well.
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10:33PM on 07/19/2010
Good--enough of the Wolverine show. Give some other characters a chance to shine already..
Good--enough of the Wolverine show. Give some other characters a chance to shine already..
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9:53PM on 07/19/2010
I mean seriously i could give a shit about this whole movie in the first place. Xmen was good .. X2 was amazing and the rest is shit. Why?? Too many fucking characters.. why cant Hollywood figure out too many only works in porn.
I mean seriously i could give a shit about this whole movie in the first place. Xmen was good .. X2 was amazing and the rest is shit. Why?? Too many fucking characters.. why cant Hollywood figure out too many only works in porn.
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9:13PM on 07/19/2010

you know what...

fuck you singer, fuck you fox you gys are fucking this shitfest up royally. most of all, fuck you marvel for not buying this property back, no matter what it cost. by my count logan would still be looking 35 in this era, he's supposed to be approx 250 yrs old. so yeah, fuck it all, that warewolf fag as logan? fuck.
fuck you singer, fuck you fox you gys are fucking this shitfest up royally. most of all, fuck you marvel for not buying this property back, no matter what it cost. by my count logan would still be looking 35 in this era, he's supposed to be approx 250 yrs old. so yeah, fuck it all, that warewolf fag as logan? fuck.
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7:03PM on 07/19/2010

The whole younger version of the mutants cameo thing is starting to become fucking lame.

I am so sick and tired of seeing hugh jackman as wolverine, he's horrible for the role in my opinion. I feel Benicio del toro should have been wolverine and watching the wolfman only confirms it for me.
I am so sick and tired of seeing hugh jackman as wolverine, he's horrible for the role in my opinion. I feel Benicio del toro should have been wolverine and watching the wolfman only confirms it for me.
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6:20PM on 07/19/2010

actually...

Lautner would be perfect for Sunspot, Robert Delgado...but, that would be for a later era also
Lautner would be perfect for Sunspot, Robert Delgado...but, that would be for a later era also
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5:31PM on 07/19/2010
I have mixed feeling about this film so far. Don't get me wrong, I'll be there the first day to support my favorite comic book franchise regardless if it looks like crap or I'm in for utter disappointment (for example, see X-men Origins: Wolverine).

I also agree with you Terminal, no young Logan in this one please, give it a rest already.
I have mixed feeling about this film so far. Don't get me wrong, I'll be there the first day to support my favorite comic book franchise regardless if it looks like crap or I'm in for utter disappointment (for example, see X-men Origins: Wolverine).

I also agree with you Terminal, no young Logan in this one please, give it a rest already.
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4:04PM on 07/19/2010
wow. singer = team jacob.
young storm = mohawks rock.
wow. singer = team jacob.
young storm = mohawks rock.
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3:28PM on 07/19/2010
No fucking Wolverine!!! Enough with the goddamn bloody Cajun!!! Stop it already!!! Focus on other characters!!! There ARE other cool characters ACTUALLY interesting backstories!!! Goddamnit!!
No fucking Wolverine!!! Enough with the goddamn bloody Cajun!!! Stop it already!!! Focus on other characters!!! There ARE other cool characters ACTUALLY interesting backstories!!! Goddamnit!!
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3:20PM on 07/19/2010
How come Good isn't listed in the "Movie Hotties"?.. I want an explanation.
How come Good isn't listed in the "Movie Hotties"?.. I want an explanation.
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2:50PM on 07/19/2010

I'm calling it now....

Vaughn is going to show everyone what a horrible creative mind Singer is. This movie will blow any other X-Men movie out of the water. Instead of X2 being the best of the crap trilogy, First Class will make the rest of the X movies look like garbage and a waste of time.
Vaughn is going to show everyone what a horrible creative mind Singer is. This movie will blow any other X-Men movie out of the water. Instead of X2 being the best of the crap trilogy, First Class will make the rest of the X movies look like garbage and a waste of time.
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2:43PM on 07/19/2010

You know how I know you're gay?

S T O R M young or otherwise is N O T part of the X-Men classic story, neither is Wolverine. Get this sh** right! God the things I'd like to do to Meagan Good!!!
S T O R M young or otherwise is N O T part of the X-Men classic story, neither is Wolverine. Get this sh** right! God the things I'd like to do to Meagan Good!!!
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2:33PM on 07/19/2010

HAHAHA Pathetic

Why would you want to do the RIGHT thing and cast Hugh Jackman to reiterate that Wolverine has been a man for DECADES? Nooo, that would be too cool. If this is true, then Singer has just lost any credibility he had left after the horrible Superman Returns.
Why would you want to do the RIGHT thing and cast Hugh Jackman to reiterate that Wolverine has been a man for DECADES? Nooo, that would be too cool. If this is true, then Singer has just lost any credibility he had left after the horrible Superman Returns.
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2:19PM on 07/19/2010

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Fuck you Bryan Singer! FUCK YOU!!!
Fuck you Bryan Singer! FUCK YOU!!!
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1:52PM on 07/19/2010

Wow . . .

. . . they're talking about actually having a black person play Storm? Crazy idea . . .
. . . they're talking about actually having a black person play Storm? Crazy idea . . .
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1:43PM on 07/19/2010
Wolverine is a hundred plus years old! How does he change age and race?
Wolverine is a hundred plus years old! How does he change age and race?
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2:03PM on 07/19/2010
Especially since there was a scene in wolverine where Hugh Jackman was storming the beaches of Normandy...is this movie pre ww2 now?
Especially since there was a scene in wolverine where Hugh Jackman was storming the beaches of Normandy...is this movie pre ww2 now?
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1:26PM on 07/19/2010
Good: Yes
Lautner: Hell No!

hopefully by the time the film comes out Singer realizes he was wrong about wanting Lautner in First Class...
Good: Yes
Lautner: Hell No!

hopefully by the time the film comes out Singer realizes he was wrong about wanting Lautner in First Class...
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1:22PM on 07/19/2010
The trailer has to blow me away for me to really be interested in this film. Every other artcile on this movie is good then bad and this makes me question how good it's going to be. Wolverine cameo? Did they even watch X-Men Origins: Wolverine? It's like they're already screwing up before the cameras are even rolling.
The trailer has to blow me away for me to really be interested in this film. Every other artcile on this movie is good then bad and this makes me question how good it's going to be. Wolverine cameo? Did they even watch X-Men Origins: Wolverine? It's like they're already screwing up before the cameras are even rolling.
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1:04PM on 07/19/2010
C'mon Singer. Don't start saying shit like this now.
C'mon Singer. Don't start saying shit like this now.
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12:57PM on 07/19/2010
Umm WHAT? Singer don't make me lose faith in you man. I really hope this is some kind of quote taken hugely out of context. I'm already worried enough as it is about X-men first class turning into something terrible.
Umm WHAT? Singer don't make me lose faith in you man. I really hope this is some kind of quote taken hugely out of context. I'm already worried enough as it is about X-men first class turning into something terrible.
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12:45PM on 07/19/2010
Still unclear as to why women swoon over him.. yeah he's jacked.. but his eyes and nose are smushed together.. I shit you not when I first saw him I thought he was mildly retarded.
Still unclear as to why women swoon over him.. yeah he's jacked.. but his eyes and nose are smushed together.. I shit you not when I first saw him I thought he was mildly retarded.
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12:03PM on 07/19/2010
Bryan Singer never said he wanted Taylor Lautner for the role of Wolverine. It's unknown which character Singer wanted him for.
Bryan Singer never said he wanted Taylor Lautner for the role of Wolverine. It's unknown which character Singer wanted him for.
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12:53PM on 07/19/2010
you're totally right... its annoying to see people coming back to this unfounded rumor...
HE NEVER WAS SUPPOSED TO BE WOLVIE for christ sake !
you're totally right... its annoying to see people coming back to this unfounded rumor...
HE NEVER WAS SUPPOSED TO BE WOLVIE for christ sake !
3:51PM on 07/19/2010
You're right that Singer never said he wanted Lautner for the role of Wolverine, but I think the problem is that Singer was considering him for... any role at all. He could cast Lautner as a statue outside Xavier's school and it would still rub me the wrong way.
You're right that Singer never said he wanted Lautner for the role of Wolverine, but I think the problem is that Singer was considering him for... any role at all. He could cast Lautner as a statue outside Xavier's school and it would still rub me the wrong way.
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11:54AM on 07/19/2010
green box for the meagan good picture.
green box for the meagan good picture.
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11:51AM on 07/19/2010

FAIL.

I hope this and the new Spidey reboot bomb horribly so that these franchises get one step closer to the rights reverting back to Marvel and we can do away with the big-studio drivel.
I hope this and the new Spidey reboot bomb horribly so that these franchises get one step closer to the rights reverting back to Marvel and we can do away with the big-studio drivel.
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11:16AM on 07/19/2010

Lost my respect for Bryan Singer...

Oh wow. This changes things. I always thought Singer had a better understanding of the X-Men franchise, and although I hated him for running off midway, I always regarded him as a way better director than that hack Ratner. Taylor Lautner as Wolverine? Bryan Singer can shove barbwire up his ass. Not only is that wrong in so many ways when it comes to comic timelines, it's also an insult to Hugh Jackman's passionate portrayal of the feral mutant. Suck on a nutsack, Singer. An eleplant nutsack.
Oh wow. This changes things. I always thought Singer had a better understanding of the X-Men franchise, and although I hated him for running off midway, I always regarded him as a way better director than that hack Ratner. Taylor Lautner as Wolverine? Bryan Singer can shove barbwire up his ass. Not only is that wrong in so many ways when it comes to comic timelines, it's also an insult to Hugh Jackman's passionate portrayal of the feral mutant. Suck on a nutsack, Singer. An eleplant nutsack.
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11:14AM on 07/19/2010
So glad that bullet was dodged.
So glad that bullet was dodged.
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11:02AM on 07/19/2010
"He is a friend," said Singer, winking into the camera.

I'm making my comment bar green, because I'm hip to the news that Taylor Lautner is NOT going to be in this.
"He is a friend," said Singer, winking into the camera.

I'm making my comment bar green, because I'm hip to the news that Taylor Lautner is NOT going to be in this.
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10:56AM on 07/19/2010

Dear Mr. Singer...

Kindly go and fuck off for even thinking that the girl who played Wolfsbane in Twilight should play Hugh Jackman's character in X-Men...he was in WW2 for fuck's sake...please do not destroy an awesome character in an effort to pick up the tween audience...they have their franchise, they don't need this one too...this is our wish...our dream...and we're taking it back...we're taking them all back.
Kindly go and fuck off for even thinking that the girl who played Wolfsbane in Twilight should play Hugh Jackman's character in X-Men...he was in WW2 for fuck's sake...please do not destroy an awesome character in an effort to pick up the tween audience...they have their franchise, they don't need this one too...this is our wish...our dream...and we're taking it back...we're taking them all back.
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10:51AM on 07/19/2010

Slowly...

but surely this movie looks more and more like a pile of shit with each news story that breaks.
but surely this movie looks more and more like a pile of shit with each news story that breaks.
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10:49AM on 07/19/2010
If they had casted Lautner as a young Wolverine, it would have completely ruined that character. Not only because Lautner is completely wrong for the part, but because Wolverine doesn't age, and has been Hugh Jackman-esque for the past 100 years or so. The best part of X-Men Origins: Wolverine was the opening credits sequence, and the casting of Lautner would have destroyed it. So thank God that didn't happen.
If they had casted Lautner as a young Wolverine, it would have completely ruined that character. Not only because Lautner is completely wrong for the part, but because Wolverine doesn't age, and has been Hugh Jackman-esque for the past 100 years or so. The best part of X-Men Origins: Wolverine was the opening credits sequence, and the casting of Lautner would have destroyed it. So thank God that didn't happen.
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10:47AM on 07/19/2010

Would have killed myself

Wtf, prolly would have been a hairless Wolverine always topless and millions of Xmen fans would have shot themselves.
Wtf, prolly would have been a hairless Wolverine always topless and millions of Xmen fans would have shot themselves.
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10:33AM on 07/19/2010
Interesting cast, but not good enough to have me really excited. I'm pretty sure this movie will blow.
Interesting cast, but not good enough to have me really excited. I'm pretty sure this movie will blow.
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10:29AM on 07/19/2010

oh my

Oh man casting Lautner as a young Wolverine would have been horrible. Like others have said he's an adult (a Canadain secret agent no less) whne he first encounters the X-Men ans was infact born in 18-something or other.

I was realyl hoping that the Wolverine popular hoar train was goign to end in the 90's but if the last few movies and other incarnations of the characters (i'm looking at you Wolverine & the X-men cartoon) that doesn't seem to be going away.

Sigh.
Oh man casting Lautner as a young Wolverine would have been horrible. Like others have said he's an adult (a Canadain secret agent no less) whne he first encounters the X-Men ans was infact born in 18-something or other.

I was realyl hoping that the Wolverine popular hoar train was goign to end in the 90's but if the last few movies and other incarnations of the characters (i'm looking at you Wolverine & the X-men cartoon) that doesn't seem to be going away.

Sigh.
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10:23AM on 07/19/2010
Yeah this whole thing is sounding really bad already. Singer should have just admitted he wanted some of the Twilight crowd. That casting wouldn't have made any sense for more than a few reasons.
Yeah this whole thing is sounding really bad already. Singer should have just admitted he wanted some of the Twilight crowd. That casting wouldn't have made any sense for more than a few reasons.
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10:22AM on 07/19/2010
they need to stop taking liberties with the X-Men origins and trying to force the familiar characters to fans into teh movie outside of the correct timeline. We all see through it and it is disappointing.
they need to stop taking liberties with the X-Men origins and trying to force the familiar characters to fans into teh movie outside of the correct timeline. We all see through it and it is disappointing.
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10:09AM on 07/19/2010

Shaping Up...

This is starting to shape up into a pure, unadulterated disaster.

Anyone here ever hear the word "overkill" or know its meaning?
This is starting to shape up into a pure, unadulterated disaster.

Anyone here ever hear the word "overkill" or know its meaning?
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9:39AM on 07/19/2010

no young wolverine

cast lautner as someone else...not a younger wolverine. unless you're flashing back to the 1800's...when wolverine was born. he's older than prof x
cast lautner as someone else...not a younger wolverine. unless you're flashing back to the 1800's...when wolverine was born. he's older than prof x
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9:37AM on 07/19/2010

Someone please help me

I'm still not sure if this is still considered a prequel or a reboot? Does anybody know? I thought with Singer's involvement and the younger cast meant a prequel, but this news of casting a new Wolverine makes me think reboot. And why is Xavier like 20 years younger but the rest of the cast is about 10 years younger? Are they just using make-up/special effects to make Xavier older? As for the extra tidbit, I'm ok with the cast for this film if it is one prequel. But if this a reboot and
I'm still not sure if this is still considered a prequel or a reboot? Does anybody know? I thought with Singer's involvement and the younger cast meant a prequel, but this news of casting a new Wolverine makes me think reboot. And why is Xavier like 20 years younger but the rest of the cast is about 10 years younger? Are they just using make-up/special effects to make Xavier older? As for the extra tidbit, I'm ok with the cast for this film if it is one prequel. But if this a reboot and they are planning several X-MEN films around this cast than I'll be disappointed.
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12:55PM on 07/19/2010
welcome to the club bub !
welcome to the club bub !
9:25AM on 07/19/2010

Matthew Fassbender???

Surely you mean Michael Fassbender?

Lautner bares no resemblance to Wolverine at all, terrible choice. Does anyone really want Stretch Armstrong and Wolverine played by the same guy?
Surely you mean Michael Fassbender?

Lautner bares no resemblance to Wolverine at all, terrible choice. Does anyone really want Stretch Armstrong and Wolverine played by the same guy?
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9:18AM on 07/19/2010
zoe saldana would be my choice for a young storm. Taylor Lautner...really? The dude doesnt even look Canadian or remotely like Hugh Jackman
zoe saldana would be my choice for a young storm. Taylor Lautner...really? The dude doesnt even look Canadian or remotely like Hugh Jackman
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9:29AM on 07/19/2010
He maybe looks Canadian, depending on your perspective. But no, not a bit like Jackman.
He maybe looks Canadian, depending on your perspective. But no, not a bit like Jackman.
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