Rose Byrne is Moira MacTaggert in X-Men: First Class


So does this mean my fantasy of seeing Rosamund Pike in tight, form-fitting spandex fighting evil mutants has just gone out the window? Quite possibly, because the latest word on Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class” is that Rose Byrne is in negotiations to land the role of Moira MacTaggert, a scientist and expert on mutants and Professor X’s love interest in comic book canon.

Rose Byrne has been in everything from “Troy” to “Sunshine” to “Knowing”, and more recently has been splitting her time between the movies and cable TV on the FX Network’s critically acclaimed “Damages” TV show. In “First Class”, she’ll be acting mostly alongside James McAvoy, who is playing a younger version of Patrick Stewart’s Professor X. Olivia Williams last played the character in Brett Rather’s “X-Men: Last Stand”, a film that Vaughn nearly ended up directing.

Besides McAvoy and now Byrne, the cast of “First Class” includes Michael Fassbender as a young Magneto, Alice Eve as the White Queen, and Kevin Bacon as the film’s mysterious, as-yet unidentified heavy. Jason Flemyng was also recently cast as Nightcrawler’s dad.

Shooting on the big-budget Fox comic book movie is set to go before the cameras later this month in London.

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  • grpsn

    I thought you liked Rose, NIX.

  • Anonymous

    I look forward to seeing some of the following X-Men members in this:

    Anole, Ariel, Armor, Bishop, Blindfold, Boom Boom, Cable, Caliban, Cannonball, Chamber, Changeling, Cipher, Cloak and Dagger, Colossus, Cypher, Dazzler, Dust, Elixir, Forge, Gentle, Graymalkin, Nate Grey, Hellion, Hepzibah, Husk, Ink, Joseph, Jubilee, Karma, Lady Mastermind, Lifeguard, Lockheed, Longshot, Maggott, Magik, Magma, Marrow, Marvel Girl, Mercury, Mimic, Mirage, Namor, Northstar, Omega Sentinel, Petra, Pixie, Polaris, Prodigy, Psylocke, Revanche, Cecilia Reyes, Rockslide, Sage, Shadowcat, Slipstream, Stacy X, Sunfire, Sunspot, Surge, Sway, Thunderbird (John Proudstar), Thunderbird (Neal Shaara), Warlock, Warpath, Wolf Cub, X-23, Shen Xorn

  • B-Flash

    You can’t be serious, I dont think you know the timeline of these characters to be suggesting them.

  • Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Yeah. Most of them didn’t join up or anything til much later in the series. However, this being the movie universe we could see certain beloved characters like Thunderbird (Proudstar), Polaris, Forge, or Cannonball show up at a different time than in the comics. Forge wouldn’t be too bad, nor would Thunderbird and then have him die as he did in the comics. DOubtful though.

  • Nix

    I do like Rose Byrne very much, but I don’t think of her as the spandex wearing type. Rosamund Pike, on the other hand…

  • grpsn

    That’s probably why Rose took the role. Not many people thought she could do comedy until she blew everyone away in “Get Him to the Greek.” Yes, the curvy Rosamund would look awesome in spandex, but Rose has a sexy broodiness about her which I find very appealing.