Alice Eve Dropped Out of ‘X-Men: First Class’ By Choice

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:15 pm,

Yesterday I wrote up a discussion piece which went over the large amount of casting confirmations for additional characters in X-Men: First Class over the last few days. At first glance, it appears that there are far too many characters but chances are many of them will have little screen time in the final product. The real concerns however, fall on what story Matthew Vaughn and Bryan Singer will be trying to tell and how all of these characters will fit together within that.

One of the more surprising cast updates from yesterday involved Alice Eve being replaced by Mad Men’s January Jones for the key role of Emma Frost which seemed like a done deal.

According to yesterday’s report, Eve was in negotiations but hadn’t signed yet but there may be more to it than that. Our pal Pietro Filipponi from Comic Book Movie acquired some interesting info from his sources at Marvel who claim that Eve and her reps were able to convince Fox to let her out of her obligations.

Why? According to Pietro, Eve wasn’t happy about some of the more recent First Class script changes and it no longer felt right for her to play Emma. It’s too bad for fans because she looked perfect for the part but not to worry, January Jones is also a great pick to play the White Queen.

The source also claims that there’s no bad blood between Fox and Eve as they’re apparently still interested in her for a key role in the Fantastic Four reboot, the next Marvel project on the studio’s plate after X-Men: First Class. You can guess which character she may be up for.

If this is factual, what does that say about the state of the movie? We know there’s been half a dozen writers do their own rewrites of the script and as recently as a few weeks ago, Matthew Vaughn found himself ripping out a full 12 pages of the script after seeing Inception and realizing there were strong similarities between that film and an action-oriented dream sequence that was previously a part of the X-Men: First Class story.

I’m very curious to see what Singer and Vaughn will bring audiences with their X-Men prequel.

Share your thoughts in the comments and with us on Twitter @rob_keyes and @screenrant.

X-Men: First Class begins shooting in the next few weeks for a June 3, 2011 release.

Source: CBM

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  1. I think this confirms most peoples fear about this movie.

  2. I laugh hard at the idea of an unknown actress who has only stared in crap her entire “career” passing on a role in one of the biggest movie franchises. Sorry, but this report wreaks of bull.

    • JP(That’s actually my initials) That’s kind of unfair since Alice Eve is an foreign actress who’s just started to make her mark Hollywood. She’s be acting since 04 in various shows and films in the UK and in the states. Even though her awareness level isn’t that high, she’s young and steadily growing a strong fan base. I believe she was the best possible fit for Emma Frost, she’s English just like the character and has one hell of a body. But what if the recent script changes limited her characters screen time, so who’s to blame her for passing on the role. Like you said she’s an unknown actress. Remember what Bryan Singer did to superman returns, even though he’s just producing this film you never know.

      • Actually, Emma Frost is from Boston. While I think Alice Eve is undoubtedly hot, January Jones is a far better (and Emmy nominated) actress on a critically acclaimed series, who is still rather stunning.

        I find it hard to believe that Eve would do She’s Out of My League and Sex and the City 2, but “pass” on a huge franchise by Mathew Vaughn and Bryan Singer.

        • Yeah, Boston(my bad). Alice just started to branch out in Hollywood. So as an unknown actress she’ll take what she can get like She’s Out of My League and Sex and the City 2, But even Jones started from the bottom with small roles and gradually rose to more prominent ones while along the way starring in crappy roles in bad movies like Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. So with a recent Emmy nomination she came a long way. It would make sense that January Jones is a far more better actress since she been in the industry longer than Alice but in due time it could take just one big break and she’ll be recognize for her talent just like Jones. BTW Matthew Vaughn scrape a hefty portion of the script because some other director use the same an original idea his movie recently. That just shows a lack of confidence in his work and doesn’t give me much confidence in this movie. You think Alice didn’t feel the same way? Miss Jones ain’t got that much to lose.

          • I’m not dissing Alice Eve, I’m dissing this report that screams “fabricated” to me.

            • Never said you were, just that she could have understandable reasons for passing the role no matter if it’s a huge opportunity.
              And reports always speculate claiming friends with sources the have sources just for a story. but even now the rumor mill is running full blast that she have left for another role in the Avengers.

    • She’s passing on the role because she’s in talks and scheduling for several major projects. FYI

  3. Thank God they went for January Jones, Alice looks like Jessica Simpson.

    • For real! That woulda killed us on film.

  4. Great! Then give Tahyna Tozzi back her role, ask her if she’ll reprise it. I bet she’ll gladly say yes.

  5. Thank god. Better to have Jones as Frost than that nobody fat chick.

    • … Fat? Are you nuts? Lol

    • As a nobody fat dude I can only conclude by your comment that I am much bigger then I thought possible.

      • If that lady is fat, I must be the size of Jupiter. 8-)

  6. I’m actually happier to have January Jones in this role. I don’t really think Alive Eve fits the physical appearance of Emma Frost and let’s be honest, a big part of this is going to be the physical. And come on, Jones is a far superb actor than Alice Eve

    • Did you see her in She’s Out of My League, Google She’s Out of My League bedroom scene.

      • yea i saw it, wouldnt mind seeing her in an emma frost get up!

    • Not a big stretch.

      It’s not a tough gig, being more believable than Alba. Of course, it was also on how Sue Storm was written as well.

  7. I kinda always saw Alice Eve as a perfect enchantress. If the character were to ever appear on screen I think she looks the part.

    • @epitaz Totally agree,she’d also more than likely get a multi-picture deal with Marvel Studios if she is in fact Enchantress. These days villains are more revered and looked at more seriously than even the heroes,sometimes the villians actually MAKE the movie so it’d be more in her interest to take the role as a NEW villainess and get MORE attention rather than take SLOPPY SECONDS as a failed character in Fox’s FF reboot.


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    • “Phew”