Monday, August 16, 2010

'X-Men : First Class' adds Three new Actors to the Cast!

With a cast that boasts Kevin Bacon as the as-of-yet-unrevealed villain, Scottish actor James McAvoy as the young Charles Xavier (Professor X), Michael Fassbender as Erik Lensherr (Magneto) and Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy (The Beast) one wonders who else can be added to this already diverse cast? Well how about Jason Flemyng, Rose Byrne and Oliver Platt?

All three actors have just been added to the already impressive list of actors that will appear in X-Men: First Class, the upcoming 20th Century Fox film from director Matthew Vaughn.

Fresh off a recent stint as the villainous Calibos in Clash of the Titans, British actor Jason Flemyng (ITV’s Primeval) will play Nightcrawler’s father Azazel, and his character will indeed be covered in heavy makeup and boast a tail like his famous son. You can read about the character here.

Australian actress Rose Byrne (Troy, Damages) will play Moira MacTaggert, a role that was previously played by Olivia Williams in X-Men: The Last Stand. She will be Charles Xavier's love interest in the movie and is a scientist who specializes on genetic mutations. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress is currently in talks for the role but Deadline reports the news as if she's already been cast.

As for Oliver Platt, Deadline reports that the actor is set to play ‘The Man in Black’ a character who is apparently not a mutant. Nothing else has been revealed about him as of yet.

Here is the full list of actors set to appear in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men prequel:

James McAvoy : Charles Xavier/Professor X
Rose Byrne : Dr. Moira MacTaggert
Michael Fassbender : Erik Lensherr/Magneto
Nicholas Hoult : Hank McCoy a.k.a. Beast
Jennifer Lawrence : Mystique
Caleb Landry Jones : Sean Cassidy/Banshee
Lucas Till : Alex Summers/Havoc
Edi Gathegi : Darwin
Alice Eve : Emma Frost /The White Queen
Kevin Bacon : Unknown but rumoured to be Sebastian Shaw
Jason Flemyng : Azazel

X-Men: First Class is set to open in theaters June 3, 2011.

Do all these casting news have you excited about the upcoming movie?

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