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) has been cast in Matthew Vaughn‘s X-Men: First Class. According to Entertainment Weekly, Till is in negotiations to play the role of Alexander “Alex” Summers aka Havok, the younger brother of the X-Men’s Cyclops. But EW warns that some of the role named might actually be part of a misdirection campaign to keep some of the characters a surprise for comic book fans.
Here is more information on Havok thanks to wikipedia:
Havok generates powerful “plasma blasts”, an ability he has had difficulty controlling. He is the son of Corsair, the younger brother of the X-Men’s Cyclops and older brother of Vulcan. He often resents Cyclops’ authoritative attitude and reputation as a model X-Man. In contrast, Havok and his longtime love interest Polaris have had a love/hate relationship with the team, often finding themselves roped into it. Both were also members of the 1990s-era Pentagon-sponsored mutant team X-Factor. After X-Factor disbanded, Havok starred in Mutant X, a series in which he explored a strange alternate reality. He has since returned to the X-Men, later taking over his father’s role as leader of the Starjammers to bring Vulcan’s reign over the Shi’ar to an end. Alex went on to study and earn a degree in geophysics at college. There he first met the original X-Men, and learned that Cyclops is his brother.
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.
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.