Kevin Bacon’s ‘X-Men: First Class’ Villain Role Revealed

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 6:11 pm,

A few days ago we were treated to the exciting news that more veteran talent would be joining the cast of X-Men: First Class in the the form of Kevin Bacon. Early reports had Bacon deep in talks with Twentieth Century Fox to play the film’s primary villain, but no one knew which character that would be.

While we toyed with the theory that Bacon could be playing the villainous Mr. Sinister, the latest rumor – coming from a Force of Geek insider - dictates that Kevin Bacon will instead be playing Sebastian Shaw, the master businessman and leader of the Hellfire Club.

Shaw is known as one of the greatest X-Men villains ever since his inception three decades ago. The character is a mutant who can absorb kinectic energy, turning him more powerful in both strength and durability.

Shaw’s history in the Marvel universe integrates into the origins and early appearance of Emma Frost aka the White Queen who we know will be an important character in X-Men: First Class. Shaw’s Hellfire club, the age-old gentlemen’s club famous for their 18th century dress code,  has often find itself battling it out with the X-Men. The secret group was introduced in the comics during the Dark Phoenix Saga, which saw Jean Grey become the powerful Phoenix and eventually meet her end.

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Sebastian Shaw and Emma Frost of the Hellfire Club

The Phoenix saga sadly was used and abused in X-Men: The Last Stand, so we can expect an entirely different storyline for Sebastian Shaw and the White Queen in X-Men: First Class.

While I was excited at the potential for Kevin Bacon’s dark and creep portrayal of Mr. Sinister, he absolutely fits the role of Sebastian Shaw as well. Bacon joins the large cast of mutants in First Class which already includes:

Share your thoughts in the comments and with us on Twitter @rob_keyes and @screenrant. If you’re a fan of the X-Men series and history, see our article on What We Need From X-Men 4 and join our discussion on What X-Men 3 Could Have Been for ideas that may be utilized in First Class.

Produced by Bryan Singer and directed by Matthew Vaughn, X-Men: First Class begins production next month for a June 3, 2011 release.

Source: Forces of Geek

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  1. Actually, I always will be very happy, if there is Selene in X men first Class Film for 2011.

  2. Give Selene Please………………………………………………..

  3. Ok, X men First Class must give selene.
    Sophia Bush is very suitable to be a selene – the black queen.

  4. i complete agree if sophia bush as selene ( the black queen ).

  5. Casting call to Patricia Carola Velásquez to be a Selene / The Black Queen.

  6. Sebastian Shaw. KICKS ASS.. They need to make a HELLFIRE CLUB MOVIE!

  7. the Sebastian Shaw picture above looks more like Guy Pearce than Kevin Bacon, either actor would be great for the part anyways

  8. Kevin bacon as Sabastian shaw???? uh……….NO!!
    FOOT LOOSE!FOOTLOOSE!!I can think of many, many other great actors for the role…. like ALL THE REST of these “xmen” movies it WILL suck

  9. stop complaining. its sad

  10. Why is it that comics world is so selfish. You may have 5 Character why can’t each character be of a different race and gender. Why are all the characters always caucians and male. Millions of little children fantasize about superheroes and never see themselves. In x-men class they spoke german for the first 20 minutes, killed a Jew mother and kill a black young x-men who is suppose to be unable to die at the beginning of the movie. What is there to fear in being inclusive with a minority side kick?