We’ve got a couple more juicy casting rumours this week for the upcoming X-Men: First Class movie, which is slated to be directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass). Recently it was announced that James McAvoy had signed on to play a young Professor X in the film, although that was called into question when word came out that Michael Fassbender (Hunger, Inglourious Basterds) was also supposedly up for the very same role. It turns out that there was a bit of a mix-up by Roger Friedman at Showbiz 411, who later corrected himself to report that it is the role of young Magneto that Fassbender is actually being courted for.
If this is true, it is a choice that makes a lot more sense than Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass), who was also being rumoured to play Magneto or possibly a young Cyclops. However, it seems that Fassbender may have a tough decision to make here, because he has also been reportedly offered the role of the main villain in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. Exactly who that villain is remains to be seen, but either way it’s tough to say which would be better for his career.
In other news, there is speculation that British actress Rosamund Pike (An Education, Surrogates) is currently in talks for the role of Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class. According to a little birdie over at Forces of Geek, she was spotted near the office of Lucinda Syson, who was Matthew Vaughn’s casting director on Kick-Ass and Stardust, and she just happened to be carrying an X-Men: Origins comic book. Rumours like this sound just a little too perfect to be true, but I do think she would be great for the role. Emma Frost was previously played by Tahyna Tozzi in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, although it was never made all that clear who she was in the movie. What do you think about these casting rumours? Could X-Men: First Class actually turn around the downward spiral that the X-Men movies have been in?