Jason Flemyng Cast as Azazel in Matthew Vaughn's New X-Men
Now this is mainly for the hardcore comic fans. Empire caught up with Jason Flemyng at the "Movie-Con" the other day and got confirmation from the actor himself that he'll be appearing in X-Men: First Class. "Matthew showed me my costume just the other day. Now I swore I'd never be in heavy make-up again, but this role is going to involve it," he said. "I am Azazel, and I can teleport by waving my arms [gestures like a cross between a flamenco dancer and Bollywood star]." As comic fans already know, Azazel is a teleporting creature from another dimension who's also Nightcrawler's father. "Don't worry, we'll add the tail in post."
Flemyng is one of Vaughn's regulars, having appeared in all of his movies to date (he was the "Lobby Goon" in Kick-Ass or you'll recognize him as Thomas Button from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). Empire confirmed with Flemyng that Azazel will be red Matthew Vaughn's upcoming X-Men movie, and Vaughn is sure people "can figure it out from the tail and pointed ears" that he's connected to Nightcrawler from Bryan Singer's X-Men 2 (who was one of my favorite characters). Otherwise, no one knows how big (or small) of a role Azazel has, but it's pretty damn cool to hear that he's in it and that a great actor like Jason Flemyng will be laying on tons of make-up for the part. I'm still excited for this new X-Men. Stay tuned for more updates!