Benjamin Walker Joins X-Men: First Class, Fassbender In Too
by Ethan Anderton
June 18, 2010
We heard earlier this month that Michael Fassbender (of Inglourious Basterds & Fish Tank) was being considered for roles in not one, but two superhero franchises. In addition to being courted for a turn as the villain in the Spider-Man reboot, Fox was also very interested in having Fassbender take on the role of Erik Lensherr, the mutant who comes to be known as Magneto, in X-Men: First Class. Well, now Deadline and Entertainment Weekly confirm that he's negotiating to join X-Men, and Showbiz 411 is reporting Benjamin Walker (Flags of our Fathers) will join the cast, but rumors of his supposed character may not be all true.
Showbiz is reporting that Walker has signed on to play Dr. Henry Philip “Hank” McCoy or rather, the hairy blue mutant known as Beast. The role was first portrayed on screen by Kelsey Grammer in X-Men: The Last Stand, but the character was completely under utilized and misrepresented on-screen (though that's not the fault of Grammer). However, Deadline says that although Walker has joined the cast, he has not been cast as Beast. Well, at least we now have three (including James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier) official cast members lined up in this for sure, but there will be lots more to announce sooner than later since Matthew Vaughn is slated to start production in August. Stay tuned for more X-Men casting updates as they come!