Twilight Actor Edi Gathegi Cast as Darwin in X-Men: First Class
The cast of Fox's X-Men: First Class prequel continues to grow. Deadline reports that actor Edi Gathegi, most recently seen as a vampire in the first two Twilight movies as well as in My Bloody Valentine, will play the mutant named Darwin in Matthew Vaughn's new X-Men movie. Darwin, one of the "Missing X-Men," has the powers of self-protection and "continuous circumstantial evolution," which allows him to adapt to any situation like growing gills if put underwater, or gaining night vision if too dark. Gathegi also appeared in that rogue independent Atlas Shrugged adaptation, but this is probably one of his biggest roles to date.
X-Men: First Class was conceived by Bryan Singer, recently rewritten by Jane Goldsman, and follows James MacAvoy as Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender as Magneto as young men discovering their powers for the first time, and meeting up with other mutants along the way. Director Matthew Vaughn begins shooting soon, aiming for release on June 3rd, 2011 next year. In addition to Gathegi as Darwin, Jennifer Lawrence is playing Mystique, Nicholas Hoult is playing Beast, Caleb Landry Jones is playing Banshee and Lucas Till is playing Havoc, with Kevin Bacon as a yet unidentified villain. Quite a strong up-and-coming young cast.