However, Fassbender is now rumored to have officially accepted the role of Magneto, according to Showbiz411 (which was the source of the original rumor linking Fassbender to “First Class”). If confirmed, Fassbender will appear opposite James McAvoy as Professor Xavier and Benjamin Walker as the Beast.
Fassbender’s most recent role was in “Jonah Hex,” which was released in theaters last week. He has also previously appeared in “300,” “Inglourious Bastards” and “Band of Brothers.”
Previously, Rosamund Pike has also been rumored to be up for the role of Emma Frost. “Kick-Ass” star Aaron Johnson and Andrew Garfield (“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”) were also reportedly under consideration for “First Class” roles as well.
“X-Men: First Class” is primarily expected to be about the relationship between Professor Xavier and Magneto during the earliest days of the “X-Men,” while also chronicling their eventual conflict that transforms them into mortal enemies.
The film is also being developed under “accelerated development” in order to meet its June 3, 2011 release date.
Matthew Vaughn signed on to direct the film last month. Screenwriter Jane Goldman — who worked with Vaughn on “Kick-Ass” and “Stardust” — is also reportedly working on the script for “X-Men: First Class.”
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