It’s Official: Matthew Vaughn to Direct X-Men First Class

And the mutant prequel will arrive in theaters on June 3, 2011. So what will it be all about? Here’s the film’s synopsis that came with the official announcement (via Deadline):

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, following the classic Marvel mythology, charts the epic beginning of the X-MEN saga. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-MEN.

Interesting. I thought “First Class”, going by the name, would be more about the young mutants that would eventually grow up as heroes in the Bryan Singer “X-Men” movies, but apparently it’ll be focused mostly on Professor X and Magneto.

Bryan Singer, who was initially set to direct “First Class”, will now just produce, though his participation is what brought Vaughn, who had walked from negotiations previously, back to the table and eventually agreed signed on.

Up next? Casting for young versions of the two guys below.