Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Rosamund Pike as Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class?

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?



  • These rumors make more sense than the James McAvoy rumor — the other x-men would have to be ten-year-olds for that choice to work!

  • Also, if they want teen-aged X-Men, then Rosamund Pike wouldn’t make sense either (unless they want to ruin Emma Frost onscreen once again).

  • Marc

    Michael Fassbender is an awesome actor who I wouldn’t mind seeing in this or the spider man reboot.

  • minna knight

    Sorry, Ryan–James McAvoy has already been cast in X-Men: First Class–that’s no rumour (he’s 31; Fassbender is 33).

  • Mason

    Rosamund Pike already played a Frost – “Miranda Frost” in Die Another Day.

  • Ben

    Ryan, I don’t think they’re concerned in the least about what they ruin. All they care about is making enough movies to keep the rights. I am calling it right now that this is going to be fairly low budget and… well… a piece of shit.

  • Steve

    Gambit was supposed to be Rogue’s age. Yet in Wolverine (which is set decades before the other movies), he’s a young man, meaning he must be in his late middle agess by Xmen 1.

    In Wolverine, Xavier and Magneto were slightly younger than they are now and Cyclops was a teenager. If you’re still going by this continuity, Emma Frost should be a teen too, yet… aww fuck it. It’s clear that the people making these movies are more interested in shoving more shameless cameos to get nerds playing Where’s Waldo than actually doing them justice.

  • HFD

    Rosamund Pike? You had me at hello!

  • pcch7

    Pike is hot and a good actress so that would be good.. Fassbender? Sure.. Wouldn´t mind Cillian Murphy or Mark Strong, but he´s probably tired of playing genre villains..

  • Mark in Ottawa

    Rosamund Pike – Hmmmmmmmmmmm.

  • TheAllKnowingGod

    Rosamund Pike’s boobs are nowhere near big enough to be Emma Frost – and let’s face it that’s all her character is about!

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