We already heard today that Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson is apparently “locked” for the role of Cyclops in X-Men: First Class, but we’re also hearing a pile of updates on other key mutant characters to be featured in the X-Men prequel.
In this update we have confirmation on who’s playing Banshee, a possible replacement to play the Beast and word that the character of Havok may be a part of the film. We also discuss the conflicting reports about Aaron Johnson and the idea of there being intentional disinformation on the part of Twentieth Century Fox to keep secret some of the characters that will be a part of First Class.
With all of the rumored characters hitting the net for who may be a part of the roster of X-Men: First Class, we may not be much closer to figuring out which of our favorite comic book mutants may be featured in the Matthew Vaughn-directed X-Men prequel.
Rumored characters have included the likes of Multiple Man, Cable and many others but while we hear of new casting reports today, some of it may not be accurate.
Banshee & Beast
Our friends at Latino Review brought us the scoop about young actor Caleb Landry (No Country For Old Men) being the top contender for the role of the sonically-endowed Irish mutant, Banshee, and they were 100% right. It’s now being confirmed that Landry will be playing Banshee so we can safely add him to our young X-Men roster.
Next up is Beast, a role played to perfection by Kelsey Grammer in X-Men: The Last Stand, becoming the standout performance of the film. Previously, Broadway stage actor Ben Walker had signed for the role but was dropped due to his age, then re-offered the part before declining due to uncertainty about the role and project. It’s now being reported that to replace Ben Walker, and hit the younger age target for the studio, Nicholas Hoult (Clash of the Titans) is signing for the role.
The character of Alexander Summers (aka Havok) is the brother of X-Men leader Cyclops and while a lesser known character, he’s certainly a fan favorite. Like Cyclops, Havok has a mastery of energy in that he can absorb ambient cosmic energy and disperse it in waves as a weapon similar to Cyclops’ optic blasts.
According to today’s onslaught of casting reports, Havok may be played by Lucas Till (Hannah Montana: The Movie) in X-Men: First Class although it’s being cautioned that not all of the reports about actors playing certain characters are entirely accurate. We’re warned that Fox may be intentionally putting out character names in order to maintain some sense of surprise for fans.
Here’s the rest of the X-Men: First Class cast as we know it thus far:
- Mystique (Amber Heard)
- Moira MacTaggert (Rosamund Pike)
- Emma Frost (Alice Eve)
- Magneto (Michael Fassbender)
- Professor X (James McAvoy)
In addition to the latest casting news, there are conflicting reports about the key role of Cyclops. Ain’t it Cool News reported earlier and verified from another source that Aaron Johnson was a sure thing for Cyclops but EW says otherwise and that he will have no role in the film.
While we have some concern about the production of X-Men: First Class being rushed, seeing announcements of this many characters in one day is relieving for fans as we start to see the large character line-up come together. We’re also seeing it made clear that Fox is sticking to younger actors in their late teens for mutant roles, allowing for a healthy franchise opportunity with sequels.
Screen Rant will be in full force reporting live from San Diego Comic-Con where we may hear updates, confirmations and hopefully some nice surprises for X-Men: First Class in preparation for the production start in August.
What do you think of the mutant selections so far and what other characters do you still want to see added?
X-Men: First Class opens June 3, 2011.
Sources: Latino Review, EW
Havok art by Lady MadCat