More X-Men Casting News - Rose Byrne is Moira MacTaggert

August 15, 2010

Rose Byrne

This just keeps getting better. Hollywood Reporter just announced that actress Rose Byrne is currently "in negotiations" to join the cast of Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class, which begins shooting in London at the end of this month. Byrne will reportedly be playing Moira MacTaggert, the love interest of Charles Xavier (played by James McAvoy), who we also actually saw briefly in X-Men 3 (she attended Professor X's funeral - sorry for the spoiler). While Moira isn't a mutant herself, she's a scientist who studies mutants and is an authority on genetic mutation. I'm loving this cast, Byrne is a great actor and is very easy on the eyes.

We also reported earlier today that Vaughn regular Jason Flemyng would be playing Azazel, a mutant who is father to Nightcrawler of X-Men 2. First Class stars McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr, Alice Eve as Emma Frost, Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Lucas Till as Havok, Edi Gathegi as Darwin, and Kevin Bacon as the yet-to-identified villain. I've got to hand it to Vaughn, Fox and Bryan Singer, as they've rounded up quite an impressive line-up of young actors. I'd even consider most of them underrated and I'm now very excited to see this with all of them. What about you?

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  • henry
    Man, I hope the deal goes through without a hitch. Rose Byrne is a goddess.
  • Xerxex
    more good casting, let it succeed!
  • I look forward to seeing some of the following X-Men members in this: Anole, Ariel, Armor, Bishop, Blindfold, Boom Boom, Cable, Caliban, Cannonball, Chamber, Changeling, Cipher, Cloak and Dagger, Colossus, Cypher, Dazzler, Dust, Elixir, Forge, Gentle, Graymalkin, Nate Grey, Hellion, Hepzibah, Husk, Ink, Joseph, Jubilee, Karma, Lady Mastermind, Lifeguard, Lockheed, Longshot, Maggott, Magik, Magma, Marrow, Marvel Girl, Mercury, Mimic, Mirage, Namor, Northstar, Omega Sentinel, Petra, Pixie, Polaris, Prodigy, Psylocke, Revanche, Cecilia Reyes, Rockslide, Sage, Shadowcat, Slipstream, Stacy X, Sunfire, Sunspot, Surge, Sway, Thunderbird (John Proudstar), Thunderbird (Neal Shaara), Warlock, Warpath, Wolf Cub, X-23, Shen Xorn
  • Monica
    hum, not bad.
  • dex
    She's great in drama(Damages) even more awesome in Comedy (GHTTG). Great piece of Ass oh!
  • Xavier
    Who give a shit!
  • Tom Cruise
    @6 you should, she "might" your play thing. yeaa for X-Men!
  • dex
    @6 for someone who call himself Xavier ..the answer is you should give a shit. Ignorant fool.
  • McWilly
    @6 uh... you do or why would you click on the link? Or are you just trolling, then who gives a shit about ur opinion. Troll!
  • quaked2023
    I think there are waaayyy tooo many characters involved in this movie, I don't know what it would do to the story....
  • Jon A.
    Hm... her filmography isn't exactly impressive. I doubt this flick would be that much help to her career nor will make her a good actress just yet. I'm all for Vaughn in this. But wow by the time they start shooting this flick we will have of 30 actor playing mutants.
  • Webster
    Rose Byrne will do fine in this role. She's a solid actress and versatile in both drama and comedy. This year alone: Damages (legal drama), Insidious (Horror, Thriller), Bridesmaids (Comedy) and now a comic book genre.
  • James
    According to IMDB, Kevin Bacon will be playing Sebastian Shaw (of the Hellfire Club).




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