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X-Men: First Class cast starts to get firm: Magneto, Beast, etc.

06.17.2010

Matthew Vaughn's prequel X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is dashing toward production faster than Quicksilver (or Northstar, or some other speedy Marvel mutant), so the cast is coming together quickly.

As was previously reported, actor Michael Fassbender (300, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS) was being pursued for both the role of Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto in the mutant spinoff, and the main villain part in Sony's SPIDER-MAN reboot. Now Deadline says that Fassbender just got an official offer for Magneto and "Fox is confident they will make a deal and have him join James McAvoy, who was recently set to play [Charles] Xavier."

Deadline also says that Fassbender recently read with young actors Aaron Johnson (KICK-ASS), Andrew Garfield, Jack Huston and Eddie Redmayne, in undisclosed roles. Their names join the rumored Amber Heard and Rosamund Pike.

Meanwhile, Showbiz411 says that young actor Benjamin Walker will be playing athletic genius Henry McCoy, a.k.a. Beast (sorry furfans, it's the pre-blue version of the character). Walker appeared in KINSEY and FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS, but has been receiving raves for his recent stage work in "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson".

Extra Tidbit: Ironic that Showbiz411's Roger Friedman is reporting scoops on Fox's latest Marvel movie -- he was previously fired from Fox for reviewing the leaked bootleg of Marvel's WOLVERINE.

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3:21PM on 06/19/2010
Damn, the cast is really shaping up. I can feel my anticipation building. And the (somewhat cheesy) title is growing on me because it kind of has a double meaning.
Damn, the cast is really shaping up. I can feel my anticipation building. And the (somewhat cheesy) title is growing on me because it kind of has a double meaning.
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4:28PM on 06/18/2010

HOPE THIS IS MORE OF A REBOOT

Then a prequel and this becomes a new franchise if it turns out well. Givin the way 3 left the X-Univerese I don't think there's any way to go with it considering all the death's and cure's, Not to mention getting all the ageing actors back for a sequel and the Wolverine movie ruining the backstory.
Then a prequel and this becomes a new franchise if it turns out well. Givin the way 3 left the X-Univerese I don't think there's any way to go with it considering all the death's and cure's, Not to mention getting all the ageing actors back for a sequel and the Wolverine movie ruining the backstory.
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10:54AM on 06/18/2010
So they're finally getting round to making a proper 'X-Men' film instead of focussing almost exclusively on that lame Knifey McStabhands character from the past three or four instalments?
So they're finally getting round to making a proper 'X-Men' film instead of focussing almost exclusively on that lame Knifey McStabhands character from the past three or four instalments?
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8:01AM on 06/18/2010
I'm loving the cast thus far, here's hoping the film turns out just as good.
I'm loving the cast thus far, here's hoping the film turns out just as good.
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7:49AM on 06/18/2010

I'm getting excited!!

I kept my faith and it looks like its paying off....This could be another X-men 2 in the making, I feel it. If the cast continues to impress...I can see GREAT THINGS in the future of us X-men Lovers alike.
I kept my faith and it looks like its paying off....This could be another X-men 2 in the making, I feel it. If the cast continues to impress...I can see GREAT THINGS in the future of us X-men Lovers alike.
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2:41AM on 06/18/2010
is this gonna take place in the 60's and or the 70's
is this gonna take place in the 60's and or the 70's
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12:38AM on 06/18/2010
So is Magneto the main villain again!? Are we pulling another Superman here and having the same villain for practically every movie?

The X-Men have reams of villains they could choose from...
So is Magneto the main villain again!? Are we pulling another Superman here and having the same villain for practically every movie?

The X-Men have reams of villains they could choose from...
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1:02AM on 06/18/2010
Very true. There is Mr. Sinister, The Sentinels, or maybe even the Juggernaut?
Very true. There is Mr. Sinister, The Sentinels, or maybe even the Juggernaut?
9:49AM on 06/18/2010
What about Omega Red, Apocalypse, Bishop, Cable, etc..
They already did Juggernaut and poorly. Needs to be insanely big like the hulk.
What about Omega Red, Apocalypse, Bishop, Cable, etc..
They already did Juggernaut and poorly. Needs to be insanely big like the hulk.
12:25AM on 06/21/2010
Apocalypse would be huge! Omega Red should've been in Wolverine. A battle in the snow would've been awesome! I would love to see the proper Sentinels that are storeys high patrolling cities. Unfortunately none of these villains would work for First Class because of the nature of the film. Bah! Juggernaut on the other hand could work due to his relationship with Xavier, if he can be treated with respect. You're quite correct, he needs to be Hulk-like.
Apocalypse would be huge! Omega Red should've been in Wolverine. A battle in the snow would've been awesome! I would love to see the proper Sentinels that are storeys high patrolling cities. Unfortunately none of these villains would work for First Class because of the nature of the film. Bah! Juggernaut on the other hand could work due to his relationship with Xavier, if he can be treated with respect. You're quite correct, he needs to be Hulk-like.
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12:32AM on 06/18/2010
X-MEN was good.
X2, best comic book movie ever!
The Last Stand, big let down.
Wolverine, slight improovement from TLS, still not what I expected.
First Class, I have faith...
X-MEN was good.
X2, best comic book movie ever!
The Last Stand, big let down.
Wolverine, slight improovement from TLS, still not what I expected.
First Class, I have faith...
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12:31AM on 06/18/2010
X-MEN was good.
X2, best comic book movie ever!
The Last Stand, big let down.
Wolverine, slight improovement from TLS, still not what I expected.
First Class, I have faith...
X-MEN was good.
X2, best comic book movie ever!
The Last Stand, big let down.
Wolverine, slight improovement from TLS, still not what I expected.
First Class, I have faith...
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12:31AM on 06/18/2010
X-MEN was good.
X2, best comic book movie ever!
The Last Stand, big let down.
Wolverine, slight improovement from TLS, still not what I expected.
First Class, I have faith...
X-MEN was good.
X2, best comic book movie ever!
The Last Stand, big let down.
Wolverine, slight improovement from TLS, still not what I expected.
First Class, I have faith...
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12:10AM on 06/18/2010

This could work...

...so let's see what happens. (fingers crossed)
...so let's see what happens. (fingers crossed)
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12:05AM on 06/18/2010
I am a huge fan of the X-Men, loved the movies and animated series, and I am really hoping that this movie kicks ass and gives the X-Men a good name again. I really, really hope that they do an X-Men 4 with the same cast again and have Sentinels in it. I will be eagerly awaiting for a trailer.
I am a huge fan of the X-Men, loved the movies and animated series, and I am really hoping that this movie kicks ass and gives the X-Men a good name again. I really, really hope that they do an X-Men 4 with the same cast again and have Sentinels in it. I will be eagerly awaiting for a trailer.
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11:40PM on 06/17/2010
With a great cast, and a solid director, I should be excited, but I am not. I can't help but think that it's going to collapse under it's own weight.
With a great cast, and a solid director, I should be excited, but I am not. I can't help but think that it's going to collapse under it's own weight.
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11:30PM on 06/17/2010
I'm very excited for this for sure. They're building a very very solid cast of young talented individuals. I expect changes (ages, no pre-fur beast), but I'm open to the possibility this will re-charge the franchise and fix the mistakes Ratner and FOX made with his final entry. Hopefully this won't be destroyed by star egos (ahem--Jackman, Berry) and will continue to be a very interesting and entertaining franchise.

Can't wait for this, I'm a HUGE fan of the X-Men, have been since I was a
I'm very excited for this for sure. They're building a very very solid cast of young talented individuals. I expect changes (ages, no pre-fur beast), but I'm open to the possibility this will re-charge the franchise and fix the mistakes Ratner and FOX made with his final entry. Hopefully this won't be destroyed by star egos (ahem--Jackman, Berry) and will continue to be a very interesting and entertaining franchise.

Can't wait for this, I'm a HUGE fan of the X-Men, have been since I was a child.
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12:04AM on 06/18/2010
Tell me one time that Jackman's "ego" got in the way at all during the four X-Men movies. Jackman was and still is the best part of this franchise. He plays Wolverine perfectly and if you think his so called "ego" got in the way, then you are not a very commited fan towards the X-Men
Tell me one time that Jackman's "ego" got in the way at all during the four X-Men movies. Jackman was and still is the best part of this franchise. He plays Wolverine perfectly and if you think his so called "ego" got in the way, then you are not a very commited fan towards the X-Men
12:21AM on 06/18/2010
There are so many weak arguments in your sentence it's impossible to point them all out, so I'll just say: Hah.
There are so many weak arguments in your sentence it's impossible to point them all out, so I'll just say: Hah.
12:26AM on 06/18/2010
I bet you would cast Sam Worthington as the new Wolverine or probably Nic Cage. Again, you didn't even answer my question, when did Jackman's ego ot Berry's ego get in the way of any of these movies?
I bet you would cast Sam Worthington as the new Wolverine or probably Nic Cage. Again, you didn't even answer my question, when did Jackman's ego ot Berry's ego get in the way of any of these movies?
1:24AM on 06/18/2010
PM me if you want, I'm not getting in to it here.
PM me if you want, I'm not getting in to it here.
2:49AM on 06/18/2010
You're half-right about the ego-thing. Jackman has no ego. He's a respected, exceptionally talented Broadway actor, who's been successful in film. The_Soloist:
Berry, on the other hand, has been notoriously difficult since she won her Oscar. It's been heavily reported that she complained about Storm's role after the release of each movie. She reportedly blackmailed the producer's for III, claiming if Storm's role wasn't expanded to a lead, she wouldn't return. Apparently, she didn't realize it
You're half-right about the ego-thing. Jackman has no ego. He's a respected, exceptionally talented Broadway actor, who's been successful in film. The_Soloist:
Berry, on the other hand, has been notoriously difficult since she won her Oscar. It's been heavily reported that she complained about Storm's role after the release of each movie. She reportedly blackmailed the producer's for III, claiming if Storm's role wasn't expanded to a lead, she wouldn't return. Apparently, she didn't realize it was her lifeless portrayal of Storm that people weren't liking...
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