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X-Men: First Class Casting Update

January Jones, Rose Byrne, Oliver Platt and more join cast!

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Take your seats, True Believers, because things have continued to get more exciting for the cast of "X-Men: First Class."

The film, set to debut June 3, 2011, will follow the formative years of the X-Men and the relationship between Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, a.k.a. Magneto.

Deadline Hollywood had news earlier this week that January Jones, the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actress who plays Betty Draper on AMC's "Mad Men," will play Emma Frost. Jones will undoubtedly bring a chilly air to the telepathic villainess-turned-X-Man also known as the White Queen!

Also reported was Rose Byrne, set to play Moira MacTaggert, Xavier's longtime love interest in the X-Men comics. Byrne, who stars in the TV series "Damages" also seen in "28 Days Later," "Sunshine" and "Knowing," will undoubtedly make things interesting for the young Professor X, played by James McAvoy.

The demonic Azazel will be brought to the silver screen by British actor Jason Flemyng. Having previously worked with "First Class" director Matthew Vaughan on "Layer Cake," "Stardust" and in a brief cameo in "Kick-Ass," the two have clearly developed a rapport that will continue here!

Mystery surrounds Oliver Platt's Man in Black-in fact, we can't even tell if he'll help or hurt our merry band of mutants! Given Platt's stellar performances in "Frost/Nixon" and Showtime's "Huff," though, you can bet he'll wow audiences no matter how malicious or heroic his character!

The young Zoe Kravitz joins the cast as Angel Salvadore, a character who first appeared in Grant Morrison's run on NEW X-MEN. Kravitz may not have many credits to her name just yet, but she's sure to make an impression on moviegoers and comics fans alike with her turn as this interesting mutant!

And on an even younger front, Bill Milner and Morgan Lily will portray Young Magneto and Young Raven, but as to just who the latter is we can't say!

The latest cast members will join James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Caleb Landry Jones (Banshee), Edi Gathegi (Darwin), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Lucas Till (Alex Summers) and Kevin Bacon, who will play an as-yet-unrevealed villain that will menace the young mutants.

Keep your eyes on Marvel.com for the latest news on "X-Men: First Class" as we prepare for its release on June 3, 2011!

 

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71 comments
justinsylvester
justinsylvester

I hear that....more of marvel studios rewritting the past to make money. Never mind the history that made marvel an iconic brand!

Odin2040
Odin2040

This is crap! the first class of X-Men are Cyclops, Iceman, Beast, Angel, and Marvel Girl. I wouldn't mind if they took some liberties with some story elements, but at least get the cast right. Is it that hard? I don't think so.

scar2nv
scar2nv

wtf is this/This is not the first class x-men now i really starting 2 hate marvel 4 doing the x-men movies so breaaly bad & this takes the cake marvel please stop making x-men moveis its bad enouch your making it bad in the comic books but the new thor movie is the best marvel u have done so far p.s. a great marvel fan .

XxMEGGAxX
XxMEGGAxX

lol did a panda a walrus and a giraffe sit down in a room and come up with the idea for this movie? lol seriously wtf? lol.

DemonTrainXVIII
DemonTrainXVIII

The characters in this really don't make sense..I'll still watch & hope for the best, but First Class!?!? Looks like they just pulled names out of a hat and not many good ones. I have been waiting to see Havok, but he isn't one of the originals (close so it's cool). This movie is going to be so far off from the comic it is blowing my mind..whatever.

DemonTrainXVIII
DemonTrainXVIII

Havok is from 1969, pretty old actually and being Cyclops's bro makes him understandable in the movie I think.

Worthington
Worthington

Brian Singer left the X-Men for Superman and nearly destroyed that DC character, and now he returns to marvel to completing the destruction of the x-men in movies... it looks like he and the fox are just picking randomly x-men caracters regardless of their stories lines and their chronology in the universe of x-men

Worthington
Worthington

what!! this is not first class... emma frost and havok aren't that old, and where are the 5 originals

x-men014
x-men014

I thought Beast,Cyclops,IceMan,Jean,and Angel were the first class........ but who cares i hope its good :)

Liatt
Liatt

OMG!!!!!!!!!! great casting for Moira!!!!! Can't wait!!! Ugh!! :D

subbhu
subbhu

omg wtf? Azazel are your frckn serious? He literally only appeared in one comic storyline. Whatever happened to Sinister? Apocalypse? the REAL Phoenix story? Legacy virus? Magneto's Acolytes? Proteus? So many classic antagonists, and they choose one of the most obscure and confusing ones? Arrggh and I thought this would be a great opportunity for marvel to fix and reboot the x-men movies... well, I guess not. Fingers crossed wolverine's not in this one.

fathernature
fathernature

Wat how can u do this to me!!!!NO STORM!!!!!You are not doing this! she wasn't in the last movie!!PUT STORM IN DA DARN MOVIE!!!!!

Undomiel
Undomiel

I think all Marvel films are great, but Iron Man films sucks... Those are awful

seleak
seleak

And by the way if marvel really want to do a film whit big special effect and explosion why they dont do the series of civil war a movie. That will require all they can find of special hero who can smash a city by a clap in their or just snap in their finger. this will be a movie for special effect and dont need a story and its easy to script.

seleak
seleak

It will be like the 3 first movies. A big flop, the only film i like for its story its iron man all the other movie its just explosion and special effect and nothing else. I dont see a good story relate of the comics book here a exemple in x-men 3 they kill CYCLOPS heu hello CYCLOPS its the figure for the x-men not wolverine but CYCLOPS IS. And if they really whant to do a film for the fan. The movie call FIRST CLASS it will be whit cyclop the first student, beast in humain form, angel and iceman and after that the fift studen is marvel girl. So its just gonna be stupid script error like the other film. Question who in spider man 1 movie fall from a bridge by de green goblin and you know what????? spidey save her???? hello!!!!!! why do a movie if you dont respect the fan. sorry but the only real good movie are made by DC comic, less explosion but more good story for the real fan.

1369lordthor
1369lordthor

if they are going to try to do a new x-men it needs to be iceman , beast , cyclops , jean grey and angel. i thought the last x-men was not so great . but wolvies movie was a great story line , but still left out a lot of info . and for most marvel movies stop killing all the villians

SGTgunso
SGTgunso

I thought Iceman was part of the first class.

Zerglot
Zerglot

From what ive read i do not expect this new Xmen to synch up(continuity) with the previous movies.I found the first 3 xmen movies went a little too relistic and soap opera-ish, and didnt have the comic book feeling that Spiderman had. Right away they confused Jubilees story for Rouges, they didnt include beast untill it was too late, and just because Magneto went grey, dosent mean hes a frail old geezer. First class is supposed to include young Jean Grey and Scott Summers, why arent they in this movie !? The Wolverine movie had young Cyclops in it, what was the point of that if they dont have him in first class?.It would have been cool to see Mr sinister(hopefully Laurence Fishburn) harass the young xmen and set up the Apocolyspe saga, and posibly a cameo from Bishop and Cable for the future wars later on. They already went the baisc mutant rights/ Xavier masnions introduction route for the first 3 movies, lets get to the cool stuff we appreciated from the comics and the 90s animated show.

lurch16
lurch16

its like fox is intentionally trying to make bad movies, its not hard to make a good story the script was already written by stan the man in the 60s, but fox is like no we got to make craptacular movies because they feed off fan boy hate

cephalon
cephalon

I am in agreement with the other loyal Marvel fans in that I believe that the writers of this new movie script should have stuck with the characters as the audience knew themk from earlier movies. I realize that this prodution focuses on the early years of the X-Men which should include the Beast, Archangel, Jean Grey, Cyclops, etc. (the original five members as we remember them), but without referencing their characters as they were in "Last Stand" won't it leave the audience wondering how the membership transformed into its current roster? Just a suggestion. Have a good day! "Cephalon

espi131
espi131

I have to agree with the others. Xavier always refer Scott, Jean and Storm as his first. This movie is already heading down the wrong road. And don't get me wrong January Jones is hot, but the wrong choice. Emma has is some what english. And I would prefer the orginal rumor of "ALICE EVE" playing Emma. She's HOT too and also has bigger BOOBS, which Emma diffently has and January Jones DOES NOT. Sorry.

JB1983
JB1983

I think that marvel should have stuck to the original 1963 lineup of xmen for this prequel. With the basis of the story revoloving around the Xavier/Magneto characters. It would be cool if the whole movie was more like a drama and in the end Magneto could attack an anti mutant hearing or something, and xaviers young xmen would be sent to stop him. I like the Apocalypse ideas too though :) This movie will not be as good as it could have been, I guarentee you.

DevilHulk89
DevilHulk89

I'm confused. Where exactly is this storyline going? It randomly picks characters from the very beginning to the most recent plots in the comics, and this is supposedly the origin? Um, ok... Seriously, why aren't they just doing a storyline involving Apocalypse or even the established 'Age of Apocalypse' concept. The mutant originates from ancient Egypt and is undoubtedly one of the X-Men's most notorious villians (and I mean that in a good way). Hell, even an Onslaught storyline would have to be better than whatever the heck this is supposed to be... >.>

Blackcherri
Blackcherri

If this movie takes place in the 60s how is Emma Frost older than she was in Xmen origins wolverine? In the first xmen movie the professor refers to jean, scott, and storm as members of his first class. this movie is already messed up.

Blackcherri
Blackcherri

If this movie takes place in the 60s how is Emma Frost older than she was in Xmen Origins Wolverine? In the first Xmen movie the professor refers to jean, scott, and storm as members of his first class. This movie is already a mess.

Esean
Esean

Epic Failure. Congrats Marvel, for letting FOX ruin the franchise. Now we are back to square one with DC comics craptacular, minus the recent Batman films. Ugh! I am so disappointed. If only you guys had the rights back and gave the X-MEN what they truly deserve, a serious reboot from the people who know what they are doing. For example, Incredible HULK & Iron Man 1 & 2, created through Marvel movie studios. Don't get me wrong, some other films were great too, but underrated. Now don't get me started on Spider-man and the coming reboot... >.> In the end, I will probably watch the new movies anyways. After all, I am a Marvel Zombie.

nickp91
nickp91

January Jones is hot

cablevsstryfe
cablevsstryfe

It's time to bring in Cable. Such a complex and storied character.

RickF7666
RickF7666

I have to wonder what's wrong at FOX. They have the rights to one of the most popular comic book properties and they keep churning out crap. As was stated earlier why do they keep deviating from cannon? If I was going to do an X-Men movie I would hire Chris Claremont to write the story and then get a good script writer to work off of that. He and many of the artists he worked with are the ones who made the X-Men so popular. So let him do it with a movie.

cyberexacto
cyberexacto member

Yes indeed, as long as they bring Braddock in at some point. In the next movie maybe or the one after that...

Black_2
Black_2

This movie definitely needs a title change, since it's clearly not the X-MEN First Class.

Indyy66
Indyy66

This is the most ignorant casting and story line I have seen lately. I'm a XMEN reader and I plop down large amounts of money every year for the marvel brand. I can not in good common sense go see this load of crap. Look Fox, I know we seem like small potatos to you, but please stop frakin up my Marvel. The XMEN are truly a well do comic. If you want to do a good movie, try what one poster said, do the Age of Apoclyps in a 4 part series. I promise you, it would be the Dark Knight movie for Marvel. Think about it!!!!!

rl3499
rl3499

I've been a huge X-Men (Comic Book) fan for years now, the movies have not been that great... good yes, but they just kill the great story lines of the past. From what I've read, this movies is going to be nothing like the comic books, not at all. First class should be about established characters that been part of the X-Men universe from the beginning. I hope the movie will be good, but any TRUE X-Men fan will not enjoy it. Change the script and get better Actors.

zoom44
zoom44

Someone said Oliver's man in black was Sinister and that Bacon was Sebastian Shaw. Its clearly the other way around. Bacon is Sinister and Oliver Plat is Sebastian Shaw. I mean google a picture of them its obvious

slaughterhouse15
slaughterhouse15

Yes Mystique is in it... and while it is rumored that Bacon will be Shaw it has not been confirmed yet. You really can't trust imdb, it's a site like wikipedia that ANYONE can update.

slaughterhouse15
slaughterhouse15

An X-Men: FIrst Class movie that will not have Cyclops or Jean... already a major fail in my book. I was really hoping for an extended role for Cyclops since there will be no Wolverine in this movie. And to those wondering why some of the random characters such as Azazel, From what I've read and heard if Fox doesn't use certain characters in movies in a certain time frame the rights then reverk back to Marvel... hence trying to cram as many mutants into an X-Men film as Fox can.

HugeSpider-man-fan
HugeSpider-man-fan

That Raven they are talking about is Mystique. At least I think it is suppose to be Mystique. I mean Mystique's real name is Raven Darkhölme. I don't know of any other X-men character named Raven. And Kevin Bacon is playing Sebastian Shaw. It says on his imdb profile.

Khristiann
Khristiann

Will this be the fourth edition to the X-MEN series? Will the original cast stars of X-MEN will be there for example Hugh Jackman as Wolverine?

Terrell86
Terrell86

i most fully agree. The Apocalypse saga would be amazing to do and yeah spread it out over 4 movies so the first focuses on the charactor development and plot then the rest is just action and drive.One huge thing stop watering down the world of mavel if we believe that theses things exist in the books let them in the movies. another thing the friends of humanity need to be in the x men it was one thing that all mutants could agree on that was a bridge point that Apocalypse used to drive a wedge between humans and mutants. so some one tell me what you think.....

wulfer
wulfer

OMG THAT IS SO ABOUT TIME..... I wanted them to make X men origins: APOCALYPSE....... HOW THAT SOUND?????.... IT SO AMAZING AND WANT TO PUT WOLFSBANE, CYCLOPS, CANNONBALL, SCARLET WITCH, JUGGERNUGHT, QUICKSILVER, AND CANT COUNT ALL THE XMEN OR THE BROTHERHOOD... WELL MARVEL WOULD GET ALOT FAMUS FOR THAT AND WOULD DO PART 1 PART 2 & PART 3..... SEND ME A COMENT IF YOU AGREE...

mort12
mort12

I'm really excited for this. I think maybe they will do the X-Men justice and make a better movie than the x-men 1, 2, and 3. The movies before i felt like they were all over the place and some key characters didn't come in the plot till much later. I just would like to see something a little closer to the comics. Also i hope it has a good ending where your not having to say what just happened. I'm already disappointed with marvel for canceling wolverine and the x-men because i thought it was really getting good and they left you at a place where there had to be a second season. So please let this movie do the x-men some justice and that they do not stink as heroes.

swankymsp
swankymsp

I'm just grateful for everyone's comments on the absurdity of these random characters thrown together -- hopefully it's a wake-up call to Fox/Marvel. While not exactly true to the comic books, I think X2 was the only X-Men movie that skillfully interwove several storylines and created a thoughtful, intriguing plot.I always thought the Mutant Massacre would be a good follow-on movie, where the war between humans and mutants could evolve to mutants saving vs. mutants killing other mutants as survival of the fittest. X-Men vs a worth adversary... The Marauders (and Sinister).

alexand3rharp3r
alexand3rharp3r

@PaibokPowerSkrull.....ok...so i guess the title of the movie should be: What if crappy actors, played crappy characters that weren't in the First Class of X-Men...instead of just First Class...

alexand3rharp3r
alexand3rharp3r

well, this looks like crap judging from the look of the cast and the fact that half of them are crappy child actors...and, why the heck is Banshee so young, he is supposed to be around the same age as Prof. X, and definitely the same age if not older than Moria...and a yound mystique?...huh?..don't know, this looks aweful to me...

smijay
smijay

I agree that I can look at these new movies as a "what if" and let the continuity slide. However, that does not account for bad writing/casting. If we can't be true to the story-lines, can we AT LEAST be true to the characters???

cyclopsjx
cyclopsjx

You know, I think I'm pretty much done with Fox's Marvel movies on a whole. I'll stick with what they're doing with the Avengers, which has been alot of fun thus far, Hulk's lacking box office notwithstanding. Goodbye, movie X-Men. You had potential.