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Movie site Forces of Geek seems to think so, citing an unnamed source as saying that Bacon will play the mutant Sebastian Shaw, one of the leaders of the mutant secret society known as the Hellfire Club in the upcoming movie. Of course, FOG was pretty sure that Rosamund Pike was going to play Emma Frost, too, and that role went to Alice Eve. I’m not saying they’re wrong on this one, they could very well be right, but you should definitely add this to the rumor bin until the trades or the studio officially makes the announcement.
Of course, if Bacon was to be playing Sebastian Shaw, it would make a lot of sense, since Emma Frost aka The White Queen is already in the movie. In the comics, the White Queen and Shaw, the Black King, runs the Hellfire Club, who often butted heads with the X-Men. And we already know Bacon will be playing the film’s main villain. So yeah, all the pieces are there for Bacon to be playing Shaw.
With Comic Con scheduled to rev up next week, you can expect plenty of big announcements on big movies, and Kevin Bacon’s lead villain role in Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class” would certainly qualify as a big announcement.
Vaughn will direct for FOX, with James McAvoy playing Professor X and Michael Fassbender as Magneto.