James McAvoy Will Play Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class!
Fascinating. Heat Vision reports that James McAvoy has signed on to play a young Charles Xavier, aka Professor X, in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class prequel. They definitely were trying to get this into production right away! This also probably means that those rumors about McAvoy playing Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit turned out false, or at least Guillermo del Toro didn't pick him. Although, considering Hobbit doesn't have a greenlight yet, it may still be a possibility... Anyway, they don't say whether or not McAvoy will be bald like Patrick Stewart was in the Bryan Singer X-Men's - so that question remains unanswered.
First Class 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 the closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (a few new ones), 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." Oooh! McAvoy last appeared in The Last Station and Wanted and recently finished shooting Robert Redford's The Conspirator.
We're still waiting to hear who else Vaughn will cast as younger versions of most of the mutants we've come to know and love. We also still don't know exactly which other characters will show up - besides Xavier and Lensherr. Either way, we're already anxiously awaiting to find out who Vaughn will cast next - so stay tuned!