‘X-Men: First Class’ Oxford Shoot Details Revealed

Set photographs of James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier in “X-Men: First Class” first appeared online last month, featuring the eventually bald telepath conversing with some of the film’s other leading cast members.

Now, thanks to The Oxford Student, some context has emerged regarding the leaked photos. According to the report, the “First Class” scenes filmed in Oxford amount to a mere “few minutes of useable footage,” despite the fact that it took three weeks to set up and two days to shoot the sequences on a hefty price tag of 200,000 pounds. Re-shoots are possible due to rain effecting the shots.

Additionally, some story details have come to light. The Oxford Student reports that the scenes shot in Oxford feature Xavier “getting doctorates in theology and philosophy from Oxford University in the 1960s, his manipulation of student uprisings using his psychic powers, and the way he meets best friend turned arch rival Magneto.”

Based on what’s already known about “First Class,” it’s clear that the movie is set in the 1960s, with pictures of January Jones as Emma Frost already indicating as much. Although the time period and some of the settings have been revealed at this point, it remains unclear exactly how some of the film’s mutants such as Sean Cassidy, Hank McCoy, Alex Summers and Mystique fit into the picture. In fact, it’s still not officially known who Kevin Bacon is playing, though reports suggest that he’s most likely starring as Sebastian Shaw of the Hellfire Club.

At this point, the details are scarce on “X-Men: First Class.” But with a June 2011 release date looming, expect to know a whole lot more in the coming weeks.

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