Nicholas Hoult Fully Cast as Beast in Fox's X-Men: First Class
Casting continues on 20th Century Fox's X-Men: First Class prequel. Deadline reports that they've fully set Nicholas Hoult, the kid originally from About a Boy, to play a young Beast in the movie. There were rumors about different people getting the role of Beast, but it looks like it will definitely be Hoult. In related, but unconfirmed, news AICN (via SlashFilm) reports that Aaron Johnson has been locked as young Cyclops, but that isn't official yet, so take that with a grain of salt. At least there are now four official cast members set for this, along with James McAvoy (Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto) and Alice Eve (Emma Frost).
Hoult, who's now 20 years old, has appeared in films like A Single Man and Clash of the Titans recently, so he's definitely still around. Beast is the X-Men mutant who we saw in X-Men: The Last Stand as played by Kelsey Grammer. Dr. Hank McCoy, as Beast is really known, was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1968 and possesses ape-like superhuman physical strength and agility and oversized hands and feet, although he otherwise appears to be a normal human being. I don't know about everyone else, but this is a character I'm really excited to see return in this X-Men prequel and I can't wait to see what Vaughn will do with this cast.
Quick Update: Variety also adds that fellow 20 year old actor Caleb Landry Jones has landed the role of Banshee, an Irish mutant who possesses a sonic scream, capable of harming auditory systems and causing physical vibrations. They're really going young on this, casting a full slate of newcomers. Plenty more casting for X-Men: First Class should be on the way soon! So stick around to find out who else will join the X-Men.