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Update: X-Men: First Class gets a Beast & a Banshee with Nicholas Hoult and Caleb Landry Jones

Jul. 8, 2010by: Niki Stephens

Matthew Vaughn has found his Beast for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS--Nicholas Hoult.

Wait...what happened to Benjamin Walker? Deadline doesn't give any details on that part. In fact, they don't even mention Walker at all. The news of Walker's casting originally came from Showbiz 411. We then briefly mentioned it within the same day.

I also saw someone mention Beast in today's article on Aaron Johnson's casting as Cyclops.

You might remember Hoult most from his role in 2002's ABOUT A BOY with Hugh Grant. Since then Hoult seems to be proving himself to be a great adult actor, especially with his role as Kenny opposite Colin Firth in A SINGLE MAN. But is he a good pick for the young Hank McCoy? Why the hell not? The cast for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is shaping up to be something worth seeing the movie over. The guy's just got to have a little charisma, intelligence, and a caring nature. Hoult is definitely going to have to pump some iron. The pre-blue Hank McCoy was pretty stacked. I found a panel with Archangel so you could get an idea in case you hadn't read the comic.

UPDATE: As first reported by Latino Review, Caleb Landry Jones has also joined FIRST CLASS as Banshee. You might remember Jones from FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS or his small part in NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN as the kid who sold his shirt to Anton Chigurh. He can also be seen soon in THE LAST EXORCISM and THE SOCIAL NETWORK. Banshee is the alias of Irish born Sean Cassidy. Hope this ginger from Texas is ready to deliver his sonic scream. Maybe when he grows up he'll be Damian Lewis.

Thoughts on the subject?

Extra Tidbit: Kelsey Grammer was my first choice for Beast before they made an X-Men movie. Watching FRASIER late at night back in the 90's I was like, "That guy is perfect!" I still had no choice for Gambit though...
Source: Deadline

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10:33AM on 07/09/2010
I wonder if we will see Havok in this... Villian or not it would be awesome to see Cyclops' and his brother duke it out...
I wonder if we will see Havok in this... Villian or not it would be awesome to see Cyclops' and his brother duke it out...
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2:37AM on 07/09/2010
Anyone who has seen the first two series of the UK's Skins knows that Hoult is perfect for Beast. This is shaping up to be a really interesting movie.
Anyone who has seen the first two series of the UK's Skins knows that Hoult is perfect for Beast. This is shaping up to be a really interesting movie.
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10:24PM on 07/08/2010
Great casting so far, but lets put Iceman and Angel in this movie too!! Let's see the original 5. This franchise desperately needs a reboot not a prequel!
Great casting so far, but lets put Iceman and Angel in this movie too!! Let's see the original 5. This franchise desperately needs a reboot not a prequel!
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8:42PM on 07/08/2010
I love the casting so far but that's not what's bothering me. The "First Class" idea was great in the comics but because of the other movies it feels like they cannot be faithful to the comics and connect this film as an ad hoc prequel at the same time. I'd be more excited if Vaughn came out and said this has nothing to do with the trilogy.
I love the casting so far but that's not what's bothering me. The "First Class" idea was great in the comics but because of the other movies it feels like they cannot be faithful to the comics and connect this film as an ad hoc prequel at the same time. I'd be more excited if Vaughn came out and said this has nothing to do with the trilogy.
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7:47PM on 07/08/2010

starting to feel a....

glimmer of hope here, get the script, costumes and mythos right and i'm sold. I still don't know why they are not going with the comic book story arc; first 5 get put together and trapped on a living island and the troops (wolvie and the rest) get called in to bail them out.
glimmer of hope here, get the script, costumes and mythos right and i'm sold. I still don't know why they are not going with the comic book story arc; first 5 get put together and trapped on a living island and the troops (wolvie and the rest) get called in to bail them out.
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7:41PM on 07/08/2010

My cast in the 90's

Nikki, I cast (back in the late 80's-90's of course) JCVD as Gambit. That was back then tho. He might be able to pull of an older grizled version of Gambit now though.
Nikki, I cast (back in the late 80's-90's of course) JCVD as Gambit. That was back then tho. He might be able to pull of an older grizled version of Gambit now though.
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6:52PM on 07/08/2010
nice
nice
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5:36PM on 07/08/2010
I hope they do those uniforms instead of the black leather suits, since Vaughn used the colorfull suits in KICK-ASS I have no doubt we'll be getting different suits for the First Class, I'm ok with the Hank casting as well.
I hope they do those uniforms instead of the black leather suits, since Vaughn used the colorfull suits in KICK-ASS I have no doubt we'll be getting different suits for the First Class, I'm ok with the Hank casting as well.
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5:34PM on 07/08/2010
Kelsey Grammer was a great voice for Beast. Horrible in the costume. This is good casting.
Kelsey Grammer was a great voice for Beast. Horrible in the costume. This is good casting.
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5:20PM on 07/08/2010
I'm actually pretty hopeful towards this movie. The idea itself bores the shit out of me, "X-Men First Class" sounds like such a reach to me for a franchise that I think many people may be tiring of.

However, Matthew Vaughn was the perfect choice to direct, and the cast is shaping up to be pretty legit, especially the inclusing of Michael Fassbender, who is possibly my favorite newcomer along with Tom Hardy. Hopefully the relationship between him and McAvoy is as interesting and compelling
I'm actually pretty hopeful towards this movie. The idea itself bores the shit out of me, "X-Men First Class" sounds like such a reach to me for a franchise that I think many people may be tiring of.

However, Matthew Vaughn was the perfect choice to direct, and the cast is shaping up to be pretty legit, especially the inclusing of Michael Fassbender, who is possibly my favorite newcomer along with Tom Hardy. Hopefully the relationship between him and McAvoy is as interesting and compelling as it could be, and I'm all for the inclusion of Hoult and Johnson to the cast.
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5:11PM on 07/08/2010
Kesley Grammer was perfect- PERFECT- as Beast. It's just too bad X-Men 3 kinda sucked. Hoult is an interesting choice. I gotta be honest though, I'm expecting this movie to suck big time. I'm not blindly excited for it, but, hey, we'll have to wait and see, eh?
Kesley Grammer was perfect- PERFECT- as Beast. It's just too bad X-Men 3 kinda sucked. Hoult is an interesting choice. I gotta be honest though, I'm expecting this movie to suck big time. I'm not blindly excited for it, but, hey, we'll have to wait and see, eh?
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5:09PM on 07/08/2010
Let's hope this fixes everything wrong with X-Men 3!!! :D So far i'm adoring the cast. Nicholas Hoult and Aaron Johnson are two of my favorite young actors working today.
Let's hope this fixes everything wrong with X-Men 3!!! :D So far i'm adoring the cast. Nicholas Hoult and Aaron Johnson are two of my favorite young actors working today.
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4:59PM on 07/08/2010
Throw some blue fur on him and viola! Its Beast
Throw some blue fur on him and viola! Its Beast
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4:54PM on 07/08/2010
I have to agree Kelsey Grammer was also my first choice to be beast and the best thing about X3 was his casting.
I have to agree Kelsey Grammer was also my first choice to be beast and the best thing about X3 was his casting.
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5:05PM on 07/08/2010
agreed
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