Kevin Bacon (Mystic River, Apolo 13, Sleepers) has been offered the role of the villain in Matthew Vaughn‘s X-Men: First Class. Deadline reports that Bacon has yet to sign on for the part and is in talks to come on board the project. Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, Hunger) is playing Eric Lensherr aka Magneto, but the story is very much an origin story for all the players involved. So which character is Bacon in line to play?

Update: many readers think Bacon might be playing Mr. Sinister, who is described as the following on wikipedia:

Mister Sinister is a genetically altered human with superhuman physical and mental abilities. Mister Sinister was granted powers through genetic alterations by Apocalypse, and throughout the years has used genetic material from other mutants to grant himself a truly vast array of superhuman abilities. Mister Sinister possesses superhuman strength, stamina and reflexes. Mister Sinister possesses the psionic abilities of telepathy, telekinesis, and mind control. Mister Sinister has the ability to psionically paralyze a foe or “turn off” the power of another mutant. Mister Sinister is capable of energy projection and flight through telekinesis. Using genetic material from the mutant Courier, Mister Sinister gained complete control of his body at the cellular level, allowing him to shape-shift, regenerate and be virtually immune to injuries. The character has exhibited the ability to teleport, though the Beast believes this is accomplished through his tesseract headquarters. Mister Sinister is also a scientific genius, with expertise in the fields of biology, genetics, cloning, physics and engineering. The character is a master manipulator and planner, with decades of genetic research at his command.

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In case you’re confused, here is the official casting thus far:

  • James McAvoy is Charles Xavier aka Professor X
  • Nicholas Hoult has been cast as Dr. Henry Philip “Hank” McCoy aka Beast
  • Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, Hunger) is playing Eric Lensherr aka Magneto
  • Alice Eve, the lead actress from She’s Out of My League, was in talks with Fox to play Emma Frost.
  • Caleb Landry Jones (Friday Night Lights, The Longshots, The Last Exorcism) is Sean Cassidy aka Banshee.
  • 19-year-old actor Lucas Till (Walk the Line, Dance of the Dead, Hannah Montana: The Movie, The Spy Next Door, and the upcoming Battle: Los Angeles) is Alexander “Alex” Summers aka Havok, the younger brother of the X-Men’s Cyclops.

And here is a list of the unconfirmed casting rumors:

  • Amber Heard (The Informers, Zombieland) is in talks to play a young Mystique
  • Pride & Prejudice/Surrogates star Rosamund Pike is in talks to play Moira McTaggert.
  • Spider-Man shortlist actor Frank Dillane may also be up for a role.
  • Surfer Erica Hosseini auditioned for the role of Willow.
  • Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson might be in line for the role oc Cyclops. EW claims the rumor is untrue.

Matthew Vaughn beat out eight directors to take the helm. Bryan Singer was originally attached to return to the X-Men franchise to helm this new film, but his commitment to Jack The Giant Killer at Warner Bros will prevent him from directing. Singer’s treatment was a Str Trek-style reboot/prequel, which will focus on “the formative years of Xavier and Magneto, and the formation of the school and where there [sic] relationship took a wrong turn.” Singer has previously admitted that First Class would “probably utilize some of the [planned/announced X-Men Origins:] Magneto story because it deals with a young Magneto,” and that “it might supersede” that plan because this new movie would explore “that relationship between a young energetic professor and a disenfranchised victim of the Holocaust.”

“It’s basically about the formation of the X-Men. How they began and the relationship between a young Xavier and a young Magneto.”

Here is the official plot synopsis:

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, following the classic Marvel mythology, charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga.  Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.

The day after Jamie Moss handed in his first draft, Fox head Tom Rothman fast-tracked the project.  It was at this moment that Warner Bros informed Singer that they would not delay the production of Jack and the Giant Killer. Singer will still produce the project. I’ve heard the script is solid, and everyone who has read it is excited to make it. Fox is scouting locations in West Michigan.  The film is set to go into production this Summer, and the studio has set a June 3rd 2011 release date.

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