X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (Casting, Rumors, Pics till release)

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  1. Obiwanshinobi

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    To start off the thread first casting has been announced.


    Looks like James McAvoy has been cast as Professor Xavier.

    http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=66470

    James McAvoy Cast as Professor Xavier

    Source: Heat Vision Blog May 27, 2010

    James McAvoy, the Scottish star of Atonement, has been cast as Professor Charles Xavier in the upcoming X-Men: First Class, according to The Heat Vision Blog.

    McAvoy previously started in the comic book adaptation Wanted. Xavier was previously played by Patrick Stewartin three X-Men films as well as in the Wolverine spinoff, digitally de-aged.

    X-Men: First Class will be directed by Kick-Ass Matthew Vaughn and produced by former X-Men director Bryan Singer, among others for release on June 2, 2011
     
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    Interesting choice. Personally, I'd rather they did a movie devoted solely to young Xavier and Magneto, exploring how they met and their falling-out, and then do First Class after that. But I'm hopeful that this will turn out well.
     
  3. Caliburn24

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    The problem I see with this whole concept is that the movie will almost certainly be set in the present or near future, which means it is not really a prequel or related at all to the X-Men movie continuity. As fun as it would be to see a 1960s period piece X-Men, that just isn't going to happen.

    Which means that it is really a reboot, and while I'm not opposed to that idea in this case, any chance of seeing what happens after X-Men 3 becomes almost non-existent.

    I hate the current trend of Hollywood getting about three movies into a series and then rebooting it. X-Men, Spider-man, likely Batman.
     
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  4. Admiral_Young

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    Well at first it started out as being an adaption of the comic book "X-Men The First Class" and then Bryan Singer wrote a treatment pitched it and explained that the core of the story is really about Xavier and Magneto's friendship and falling out along with the creation of the X-Men and school. It is supposed to fit in with the continuity established with the three films and "Wolverine" but I guess we'll see how it all works out.

    James McAvoy is an excellent choice to play a young Charles Xavier.
     
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    If it takes place in present-day, that's going to be severely annoying. A period piece set at least a couple decades ago would make the most sense, especially if it's going to tie in with the movies that have already come out.
     
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    I could see "X-Men: First Class" taking place in the late 60's early 70's with the actual first class being shown and battling Magneto sometime in the early 80's. The first movie seemed to establish the fact that the school and the X-Men had been around already quite a while but that was their first time exposing themselves (no pun intended) to the public. They were already familiar with Magneto and the threat he posed as well as the Brotherhood as Charles explained who he was to Logan.

    Again though as I've stated in previous threads about the X-films...having the first film not be an origin film obviously has hurt future film makers in wanting to attempt to do prequels that you knew were gonna happen down the line. I realize that Singer wanted to have a core team and picked characters he thought would work and that fans would respond to but not having the original team around at all except for Jean and Scott was just silly.
     
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    Jean was a teenager in 1985 in X3. Scott was a teen in the 1970s in XMO:W.

    so a period piece is possible...
     
  8. Kibbin

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    I've got to say that he looks a decent xavier, never seen him in anything though so I couldn't gauge his acting.
    Personally I'm not bothered about them rebooting because I am one of the few comic book geeks who didn't much care for the x-men movies.
     
  9. Admiral_Young

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    Also I believe that Singer stated that this wasn't a reboot...but this plan may have changed.
     
  10. Captaindemotion

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    The addition of McAvoy to anything is a good thing, IMHO but I think he might have been a better Magneto than Xavier, certainly if he's meant to be the young Patrick Stewart (or Ian McKellen).

    I'm happy to see Singer return to this universe but I would rather see an X4 which picked up from X3, or even from X2 and ignored X3! I'm tired of prequels and I think trying to reconcile the continuity of this one with the 3 previous movies and Wolverine is going to be tricky.

    I don't really see the need to reboot the series but if they wanted to tell the origins of Magneto and Xavier, I am tempted to think that a reboot and brand new start might have been the way to go.
     
  11. Shazam!

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    What a shit idea for a film. Fuck me.
     
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    I like that idea, too, and I've gotta say that the movie they're planning to make really doesn't do much for me.
     
  13. RoJoHen

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    What's wrong with it?
     
  14. Shazam!

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    The story that no-one wants to see; Xavier and Magneto having a bit of a falling out.

    This would be better served as X-Men 4 with parallel storytelling a'la Godfather Part II.
     
  15. davejames

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    I like McAvoy, but unfortunately I'm getting a distinct Wolverine vibe from this movie -- as if all the studio really cares about is getting another group of people on the screen with flashy CGI superpowers.

    Only now they'll be a bunch of hot teenagers. Woohoo.
     
  16. Temis the Vorta

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    Ech. MacAvoy isn't right for Prof. X. He doesn't have the authority and screen presence - they might as well cast Shia LeBoeuf. They keep frakking up the X-Men. Too bad, it was my favorite comic book series.
     
  17. Agenda

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    MacAvoy's a great actor. He can pull it off. And I love the idea, expect for the fact that it's from Fox. That means it has a 70/30 chance of sucking.
     
  18. Obiwanshinobi

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    still would have been cool if it was Tom Hardy to AGAIN play a younger pat stewart. But McEvoy works too. Maybe Hardy can be Erik Lansherr.
     
  19. Trent Roman

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    Guess this means the Magneto film is dead.

    With regard to the time frame: I doubt they'll actually state the year, unless directly tied to historical events (like the Holocaust). Probably they'll just use a 'thirty years ago' kind of thing to avoid having to pin themselves down.

    Fictitiously yours, Trent Roman
     
  20. RoJoHen

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    ^They don't need to state the year, but if it is "30 years ago," then they need to make an effort to make it LOOK like it's 30 years ago.