With the plethora of casting news we faced yesterday for X-Men: First Class, the upcoming franchise prequel to be directed by Matthew Vaughn, we have one major report to add to the mix.

Yesterday’s batch included a rumor as well as some first reports and confirmations for a pile of X-Men characters including Cyclops, Banshee, Beast and Havok – all heroes. We now have word that veteran actor Kevin Bacon could be playing the X-Men: First Class villain.

Deadline only knows at the moment that Bacon is in talks for a villain role but there are no details yet on which character he could play should he sign on. Our own Kofi Outlaw suggests that Bacon would make for a perfect Mr. Sinister character, the evil scientist who gets a kick out of experimenting on mutants, and I couldn’t agree more.

The possibility of Sinister being included in First Class opens countless other opportunities for introductions to many other characters and storylines. Many X-Men fans have long-desired to see Sinister included in X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men 4 where he could lead the way for a movie about Apocalypse (the ultimate X-Men villain). With the character of Sinister also comes his team of Mauraders, a group of mutants he commands to do his dirty work and which often included the fan-favorite character of Gambit (played by Taylor Kitsch in X-Men Origins: Wolverine).

Mr. Sinister and the Marauders

It wouldn’t be too surprising to see Sinister finally added Fox’s X-Men movie universe, especially since we know the character of Havok (Cyclops’ brother) will also be included – played by Lucas Till. Sinister has a special interest in the Summers’ family and Jean Grey – he was integral in leading to the birth of Cable, another character discussed in Fox meetings last year. If used right, Sinister could be the key to tie together many future X-Men movies, both prequels and sequels. I suggested last year that he’d make for a great villain in X-Men 4 where he could be used to bring back Cyclops and Jean Grey. If producer Lauren Shuler Donner succeeds is trying to put X4 into development, that’s one theory.

Sinister is a creepy character and his inclusion could pave the way for X-Men: First Class taking audiences to darker and harsher themes. In the books, we have seen Sinister do some very evil and disturbing things to mutants and you can imagine what he could do to some members of Professor X and Magneto’s first school mutants to generate some conflict.

I’m ecstatic about the possibility of Kevin Bacon joining the X-Men franchise, an actor you’d never guess would be a part of it. Bacon further strengthens the talent pool of the principal cast which already includes Michael FassbenderJames McAvoy, and Alice Eve.

What do you think about Bacon playing an X-Men villain and what characters do you think he could play? Let the speculation begin…

If you’re a fan, see our article on What We Need From X-Men 4, which talks about Sinister and the Marauders, as well as our discussion on What X-Men 3 Could Have Been.

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X-Men: First Class opens June 3, 2011.

Source: Deadline