The X-Men: First Class casting news just keeps pouring in. Earlier today we reported that Morgan Lily will play a young Mystique in the film. Deadline has news of a few more additions, of which the Emmy-nominated January Jones (Mad Men) has the highest profile; she will play the telepathic mutant Emma Frost. Alice Eve was at one point in negotiations for the role, though apparently a deal was never finalized.
Meanwhile, Zoe Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road) has signed on to play Angel. [Update: Fox has clarified on Twitter that the character’s real name is “Angel Salvadore”. Her mutant powers are similar to that of a housefly–flight, fast reproduction, acidic vomit]. Bill Milner (Son of Ramobw) has signed on to play a young Magneto. (You may recall the role of “old” Magneto belongs to Michael Fassbender.) Hit the jump for the full cast list and official synopsis.
Major props due to the casting director on First Class. It remains to be seen whether Jones can launch a film career from her budding TV stardom, though there are few better training grounds than Mad Men. And there is a soft spot in my heart for Son of Rambow, so I’m happy to see Milner on board such a major project.
Here’s how the casting currently stacks up:
- James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier
- Michael Fassbender as Magneto
- Bill Milner as Young Magneto
- Nicholas Hoult as Beast
- Caleb Landry Jones as Banshee
- Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique
- Morgan Lily as Young Mystique
- Kevin Bacon as the villain (rumored to be Sebastian Shaw)
- Edi Gathegi as Darwin
- Jason Flemyng as Azazel
- Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert
- Oliver Platt as The Man in Black
- January Jones as Emma Frost
- Zoe Kravitz as Angel Salvadore
X-Men: First Class is set to hit theaters on June 3, 2011. Here’s the official 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.