James McAvoy is Young Professor X in X-Men First Class

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Looks like Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class” has just made its first major bit of casting: “Wanted” star James McAvoy has signed on to play Charles Xavier, aka Professor X in the upcoming “X-Men” prequel. The role was originally played by Patrick Stewart (of “Star Trek” fame) for the last three “X-Men” movies until he was unceremoniously (and dare I say it, lamely) killed off in the third one.

Up next: casting a Young Erik Lensherr, aka Magneto, as “First Class” will focus on the two men’s friendship and eventual growing apart, leading them to form their own separate mutant armies — Professor X’s The X-Men and Magneto’s The Brotherhood.

The film’s London shoot is scheduled for May of this year, for a June 3, 2011 release. Bryan Singer, who originally really, really wanted to direct, will have to settle for producing, while “Kick Ass” director Vaughn will call the shots for Fox. (And no, there are no truth to the rumor that Hit-Girl will be revealed to be a mutant and Wolverine’s illegitimate daughter. Though admittedly, that’d be pretty cool.)

The best part about playing Professor X? All the money you save on haricuts.

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    I can see that. I'm just trying to figure out who could oull off a young Magneto. Mark Strong perhaps, or maybe Jason Issacs? Yeah I like Jason Isaacs. Yes I know he's older than Mcavoy but I like the idea. I think he shouldlook if not actually be older. If not in age then in experiences. I mean he lived through the holocaust. That'd take it's toll on the body and put a few extra years on someone.

  • ErickKwon

    Crap, I forgot about the Holocaust origin for Magneto's powers. If they're casting this young for Xavier and probably the same for Magneto, wouldn't the movie have to be set in the 60's?? Unless they ignore that part of the movie continuity.

  • ErickKwon

    I was hoping for either Mark Strong or even Daniel Craig for either Magneto or Xavier

  • ErickKwon

    Crap, I forgot about the Holocaust origin for Magneto's powers. If they're casting this young for Xavier and probably the same for Magneto, wouldn't the movie have to be set in the 60's?? Unless they ignore that part of the movie continuity.

  • ErickKwon

    I was hoping for either Mark Strong or even Daniel Craig for either Magneto or Xavier