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B1GM13
06-18-2010, 08:45 AM
There's a new master of magnetism in town and his name is Michael Fassbender (http://uk.stars.ign.com/objects/916/916331.html).

The Hollywood Reporter (http://www.heatvisionblog.com/2010/06/xmen-first-class-finding-its-magneto-in-michael-fassbender.html) says the German-born, Irish-raised actor -- who plays a henchman in this weekend's comic book movie Jonah Hex (http://uk.movies.ign.com/objects/040/040155.html) -- is in early negotiations with 20th Century Fox to play the villainous Magneto (http://uk.stars.ign.com/objects/923/923207.html) in the prequel X-Men: First Class (http://uk.movies.ign.com/objects/142/14270431.html).

Fassbender had been mulling two different Marvel projects (http://uk.movies.ign.com/articles/109/1095504p1.html). Even as Fox was pursuing him for X-Men, Columbia Pictures reportedly offered Fassbender the role of the unnamed villain in their Spider-Man (http://uk.movies.ign.com/objects/057/057514.html) reboot.


http://moviesmedia.ign.com/movies/image/article/109/1095504/jonah-hex-fassbender_poster_1276027525.jpg


According to THR, British actors Aaron Johnson (http://uk.stars.ign.com/objects/077/077370.html) (Kick-Ass) and Andrew Garfield (http://uk.stars.ign.com/objects/075/075846.html) (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) have both tested or read for X-Men. The trade didn't specify which role they were up for, but it's safe to assume given their age and look that it's Cyclops. (Ironically, both actors have also been rumored (http://uk.movies.ign.com/articles/109/1096695p1.html) to be up for the title role (http://uk.movies.ign.com/articles/109/1093190p1.html) in Spidey.)

Deadline (http://www.deadline.com/2010/06/fox-starts-negotiations-with-michael-fassbender-for-magneto-but-another-super-villain-turn-looms/) adds that Jack Huston (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) and recent Tony winner Eddie Redmayne (The Pillars of the Earth) read opposite Fassbender last week, as did Johnson and Garfield. Ben Walker (The Golden Compass) is also mentioned. It should be noted that all of these young actors are British.

X-Men: First Class begins filming this August in London under the direction of Kick-Ass helmer Matthew Vaughn. James McAvoy will play Professor X.


source - ign.com

Nozza XBA
06-18-2010, 10:43 AM
Haha Bender.. No seriously like Bending metal etc.. What did you think I meant?.. You guys have dirty minds!

Can they not kill off the X-Men series now? They were good at the start but they've gone down hill imo over the few!

Iconoclast
06-18-2010, 12:48 PM
Can they not kill off the X-Men series now? They were good at the start but they've gone down hill imo over the few!While I'll be the first to agree that this is more or less correct, I believe now they're finally taking X-Men in the direction they should have taken it from the beginning. Well, hopefully anyways. I quite enjoyed Origins, and I have a feeling First Class will be much like it in that it at least has some similarities to the storyline of the comic books *cough*X-Men 3 blew*cough*.

Haven't seen Jonah Hex yet (nor do I plan to: Fox ruins pretty much every movie she's in), but he sounds like a good candidate...especially if they're also scoping him for Spiderman.

I think First Class has a lot of potential, though I have a feeling it will either be really good or really terrible; I don't see much wiggle room for it to be "meh" so to speak. But I guess we won't know until we see.

Muffin the Holy
06-18-2010, 05:30 PM
I remember him for playing Lt. Hicox in Inglourious Basterds.

His last name is awesome, as it's a variation on my last name, Vasbinder. I did some genealogy research a few years ago and found that out.

Anyway, back on topic, First Class, as Iconoclast said, could be either totally kick-ass or mind-numbingly horrid. X-Men Origins: Wolverine was utter cow dung. I think they should have killed it at 3, which was okay, not horrible, not great, in my opinion.

B1GM13
06-19-2010, 05:48 PM
The ranks of Professor Xavier's first class are filling up.

Showbiz 411 (http://www.showbiz411.com/2010/06/17/x-men-first-class-student-benjamin-walker) reports that actor Benjamin Walker is up for the role of Hank McCoy, a.k.a. Beast, in X-Men: First Class (http://uk.movies.ign.com/objects/142/14270431.html).

The 27-year-old Georgia native and Juilliard graduate is perhaps best known for his theatre work, currently winning raves in the title role of the genre-bending musical take on the seventh U.S. President in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. His film credits include Flags of Our Fathers and Kinsey.


http://moviesmedia.ign.com/movies/image/article/110/1100289/walker-BBAJ2_1276882090.jpg - The New York Times

Benjamin Walker rockin' out as Andrew Jackson.



Beast was last played on-screen by Kelsey Grammer (http://uk.stars.ign.com/objects/912/912438.html) in X-Men: The Last Stand (http://uk.movies.ign.com/objects/040/040731.html).

X-Men: First Class begins filming this August in London under the direction of Kick-Ass's Matthew Vaughn.

Source - IGN.com

Iconoclast
06-19-2010, 11:58 PM
Awww, I liked Kelsey Grammer as beast...can't say I've seen anything this guy is in.

DarthSoth
06-23-2010, 07:48 PM
I'll reserve judgement on this one. On the plus side, Jackman IS wolverine and I think it is great that they are keeping him in that role. But they really seem to be grasping to reboot everything and anything they can. Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, X-Men, Daredevil, Highlander, Tomb Raider, Predator, The Crow, Conan, just to name a few reboots in the works or already going (Batman) Christ sakes here, obviously hollywood has run out of ideas and are just going to try to survive off of remakes and reboots. Used to be that they would wait like 50 years before attempting to remake or reboot a movie. Now movies aren't even 10 years old and they are doing it. total sham.