Bryan Singer Drops Off Update on X-Men: First-Class at AICN
On a very quiet Friday afternoon, Bryan Singer decided to give a call to Ain't It Cool News' Harry Knowles and drop off a hell of an update on Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class (that he's producing), including an extensive look at the plot, the casting, his high hopes for the movie and so much more. This is going to be a huge buzz building machine and beyond that it's great hear all these kind of details so early on. Shooting is set to start on August 31st in a few weeks, which means production is gearing up quickly. The basic setting for the movie is the 1960's with JFK: "There is a spirit of a hopeful future that was prevalent in that time."
You can read Harry's full rundown from Bryan, but I've highlighted a few of the more key details below:
» They're crafting a Silver Age comic book movie like no other.
» Singer continues about the plot: "We will see how Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr met - and how they dreamt of a future with Mutant & Human kind. They're going to be in their late twenties. Xavier - as played by James McAvoy will not be in his wheelchair to begin the film - but we will see how he wound up in a wheelchair."
» He also says they'll be "representing other locales around the globe" while mainly shooting in England and the United States. He references James Bond saying "the international flavor will give the film a more James Bond vibe… I get the idea that this is going to be something quite special."
» We'll see McAvoy and Fassbender's Magneto formulate what it is they are attempting by creating the X-Men.
» Professor X will have hair this time! Haha.
» Singer was inspired by the "tech" in Bond films of the 60's and says that "the costumes will be far more comic bookish than we've seen before - and while Scott and Jean aren't here - Cyclops' brother Alex Summers aka Havoc will be, as played by Lucas Till."
» Another cool thing for X-Men fans - the Hellfire Club. Yet another grouping of mutants with their own title, this includes Kevin Bacon as the Black King Sebastian Shaw and January Jones as the White Queen Emma Frost. "Bryan said that's exactly why they're making use of the HELLFIRE CLUB… the dress and the costumes associated with that glorious period of the X-MEN… belong in the 60s."
» Singer was "especially excited" to land Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy/Beast. He was supposed to be appearing in Mad Max: Fury Road but that got pushed back so his schedule opened and Singer was happy to nab such a talented up-and-coming actor for an important role.
» Singer also told him there are characters in it "that we're not being told about though." Hmmm, any ideas, besides Scott Summers and Jean Gray (as they were confirmed as not being a part of this)? Here's all the characters we do know: Darwin, Young Raven Darkholme, Banshee, Havok, Mystique, Azazel, Emma Frost, Beast, Xavier, Magneto and a female Angel (or potentially Storm?).
So there you go - quite a massive chunk of info, but amazingly nothing too spoilerish. We really don't know the story or what happens or where it goes, but I'm sure we'll hear more eventually. I'm kind of wondering how they meet everyone along the way, what's the cause for grouping up, is there a central "threat to the US" storyline, those kind of things. And will this feel like a 1960's version of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, in terms of quick intros and the "origin" of most of the main X-Men mutants? Because if so, that is the kind of X-Men movie I want to see! So far it sounds fairly good, I like where they're going and I'm very happy to see Bryan Singer supporting it so much as well, as that means he's confident in director Matthew Vaughn's plans.
Again, you should read the full article on AICN or leave a comment below. What do you guys think? Is this new X-Men movie with a great new cast and kick ass (pun intended) director going to be as good as we're all hoping? Is everything Bryan Singer said sound like they're headed in the right direction? Your thoughts?