Director Matthew Vaughn dipped his toes into the comic book movie waters with "Kick-Ass," his gritty adaptation of the controversial comic book series of the same name. With his next film, "X-Men: First Class," he's diving into the deep end.
Speaking to MTV News while promoting this week's release of "Kick-Ass" on DVD and Blu-ray, Vaughn said he isn't worried about the growing cast list for the film, which includes James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, "Twilight" alum Edi Gathegi and Alice Eve, among others.
"It doesn't feel that busy," Vaughn told MTV News when asked whether he's concerned about cramming too many mutants into the film. "I don't feel worried about it. I think it will be really cool to see all these guys doing their stuff. I'm very keen that it has a lot of heart, this movie. You understand where these characters have come from, and you obviously know where they're going, but to see that very important point of their lives where they're discovering their power and working out their ethical take on what to do with their power is a very interesting story to tell."
Vaughn also offered up some details about the setting for the film, which he said "absolutely" positions it as an in-continuity prequel to the other "X-Men" films made over the last decade.
"I have to give a lot of credit to ['First Class' producer] Bryan Singer, because he came up with a very clever, very interesting way of integrating the characters into recent history — not necessarily too recent, though. I don't want to spoil it for you, but ... it just kind of worked. How he integrated the characters into the world and the political climate of the time, it was very clever."
According to Vaughn, the film will focus on the first meeting of Charles Xavier (originally played by Patrick Stewart, now played by McAvoy) and Magneto (formerly Ian McKellen, now Fassbender), and follow the pair through their friendship and subsequent parting of ways. The film will also feature a veritable who's who of new mutants from Marvel Comics' stable of X-Men characters, including Banshee and Darwin, as well as returning favorites like Beast.
"The backdrop of what's going on in the world when [Magneto and Xavier] first meet, it's very interesting," said Vaughn. "To see them and their relationship develop and play out with this major political event in the background is very clever and cool."
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