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X-Men: First Class

You just can’t get away from comic book movies this week. After yesterdays exciting news that Anne Hathaway will play Selina Kyle we have some images from the new X-Men movie “First Class”. Telling the story of a younger Professor X (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr aka Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and the origins of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. There isn’t much information on the plot is but it appears antagonists of the movie will be the Hellfire Club led by Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), it isn’t clear which side Emma Frost (January Jones) will be on. It is most likely that she will take on her White Queen persona but we will have to wait and see.

The Group photo appears to show the young X-Men in the traditional blue and yellow uniforms. This is an interesting development, when the original movie was in production there was a lot of fanboy complaints about the new costumes. It has been suggested that Cyclops’ “yellow spandex” comment was written by Bryan Singer as a direct response to this. The costumes in the other photos have a real retro look to them suggesting a possible 60’s or 70’s setting, that could be interesting.

Since I first commented on this movie last year there have been a few changes to the rumoured cast. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are playing Professor Charles Xavier and Magneto respectively as reported. January Jones and not Alice Eve was cast as Emma Frost. Jennifer Lawrence not Amber Heard will play Mystique. Nicholas Hoult not Benjamin Walker will play Beast. The cast also includes: Kevin Bacon – Sebastian Shaw: Rose Byrne – Dr. Moira MacTaggert: Jason Flemyng – Azazel: Oliver Platt – Man in Black: Lucas Till – Alex Summers/Havok: Zoë Kravitz – Angel Salvadore.  Bryan Singer who directed the first two movies is onboard as producer with Matthew Vaughn fresh from Kick-Ass directing. The movie is set for release in June next year eleven years after the first movie.

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