Michael Fassbender Talks ‘X-Men: First Class’ Sequel & ‘RoboCop’ Remake

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:47 pm,

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Moviegoers will have the opportunity to see Michael Fassbender on the big screen multiple times in the near future, between this month’s A Dangerous Method, December’s Shame, and the January 2012 release, Haywire. He will also be co-starring in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, which is scheduled to hit theaters early next summer.

There’s also the in-development (and tentatively-titled) X-Men: First Class 2, which will see Fassbender reprise his (pretty much) universally-praised turn as a young Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto – along with the RoboCop remake, for which Fassbender has been cited as a possibility to headline.

A followup to X-Men: First Class is slowly, but surely, coming together. It has now secured a screenwriter in the form of Simon Kinberg, and should First Class helmer Matthew Vaughn and his frequent scripting collaborator Jane Goldman return for the sequel, they’re all-but-assured to also take a stab at the film’s screenplay.

Here is what Fassbender told Collider, with regards to what he knows about the current status of a First Class sequel:

“I have no idea. I’m looking forward to working with all those people again. We had a lot of fun. It was a great cast and a great crew. Hopefully, I’ll get in at ground level and start putting some ideas together myself, with James [McAvoy] and, hopefully, Matthew [Vaughn], and we can see what happens next.”

On the topic of McAvoy’s onscreen X-Men counterpart, the young Charles Xavier/Professor X:

“I’m really interested to see what happens to Charles, in the next one, and see how he becomes Professor X ‘cause we got to see [my character] Erik turn into Magneto, in the first one. It will be interesting to see who shaves Charles’ head. When he’s drunk one night, the mutants will go in there and shave his head and shave off his eyebrows. Maybe.”

The dynamic between Fassbender’s young Magneto and McAvoy’s Xavier was (arguably) the glue that prevented First Class from becoming the disaster many fans worried it would be. So it’s good to hear that Fassbender is interested in not only returning for the sequel, but also contributing to its creative development process… especially the parts that concern McAvoy’s facial hair. icon wink Michael Fassbender Talks X Men: First Class Sequel & RoboCop Remake

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Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy in 'X-Men: First Class'


Director José Padilha (Elite Squad: The Enemy Within) has previously referred to Fassbender as (essentially) the sort of high-caliber actor that he would like to headline his upcoming reworking of RoboCop. The million dollar question is: would Fassbender likewise be interested in that lead role?

Here is what the actor had to offer Collider (again) on the topic:

“You know, I’m always open. I’ll take a look at the script and sit down with the director and have a conversation. It’s not definitely like, ‘Oh, I’ve got to play RoboCop before I retire.’ I don’t have that about anything. I don’t go, ‘I have to play the Dane one day, or Hamlet.’ I don’t really think like that. I just wait and see what comes up, and I’m always open to it. If I react to the script, then I’m up for anything.”

One issue that numerous Screen Rant readers have raised with the idea of Fassbender playing human cop-turned-cyborg Alex Murphy in the RoboCop remake is that the actor would have to spend most of the film with his face hidden behind a metallic visor. In other words, it’s not exactly the sort of role that would properly showcase Fassbender’s acting chops and emotional range as a performer.

Is that actually an issue for the German-born thespian? Well, here is Fassbender’s matter-of-fact answer:

“No. It could be kind of fun. It could be kind of good to have a helmet that I could hide behind, for most of the film, too. That sounds kind of appealing.”

Michael Fassbender could become the new Alex Murphy/RoboCop

Fassbender has been touted as a possibility to take over the leading man reigns on numerous franchises, be it that of RoboCop or James Bond (once Daniel Craig’s term is over). It goes without saying that he can’t be involved with every blockbuster sci-fi and/or action series out there. Whichever one(s) he does eventually sign on for – in addition to the X-Men series – the news will nonetheless be welcomed by many a fan.


Look to hear more about both the X-Men: First Class sequel and RoboCop remake in the future.

Source: Collider (link 1) (link 2)

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  1. Michael is a wonderful actor who seem to really care about his movies(or at least his characters), he reads the scripts, talks to director ? That´s why he is gonna be next superstar (actually he already is) of the upcoming years.

    • hell yea totally agreed

  2. I agree , Michael Fassbender,would make the perfect RoboCop!

    • And the perfect James Bond.

  3. I think a cameo from Peter Weller would be a very nice tribute to how he played Robocop

  4. Michael Fassbender is perfect for almost any role. The guy is a great actor. Look a that smile…maybe they should consider him for The Joker when they reboot Batman in 2013.

  5. There are many X-Men members, villains and enemy teams that weren’t included in the previous films which they can utilise in future prequels/sequels and give us new stories while leaving out the overused Magneto.

    • I agree with you 100% nicole lindsay

  6. Michael Fassbender is a great actor.

    I was amazed by his performance as Mangeto, it was better than I was expected and also James McAvoy’s performance was also amazing.

    X-Men: First Class is one of the best comic book movies of the year.

    I really hope a X-Men: First Class sequel happens and I also think Fassbender would make a great Robocop.

    • I agree, I was literally blown away by his performance as Magneto! I am a fan for life (well, as long as his personal life does not get ugly…I am a fan).

    • Agree with you nawtnt on every point! One of my favs of the whole year and definitely the one I was waiting for the most.

      Can’t wait for the sequel if there is one.

  7. Michael Fassbender is a terrific actor!I look forward to viewing him at the movies and on Dvd at home.

  8. Has anyone paid attention to Fassbender’s insane grin? I’m thinking apossible future role as The Joker………

    • I noticed that smile in X-Men: FC, after he turned the satellite.

  9. They should use Michael for a remake of “The Mask” rather.

  10. XMen First Class was a complete surprise and a shock coming from “Fox. Good film..we all agree. Micheal was a pleasant surprise from “Ian. Not just the age factor but the emotions also…I belived it more.
    ROBOCOP …Ahh..I don’t know..that project is different and its a re-boot …. and it has only a certain range…

    So “Bully for Him and “Let’s get to work..

  11. I think Fassbender’s role as Magneto peaked during the end of the film. I liked him, but a sequel with him as Magneto would be anti-climatic. He definitely made Ian Mckellan look like a punk with the first X-MEn movies.
    I think the sequel would focus more on Xavier and going bald as well as brining in Cyclops and Jean Grey. Maybe bringin Jubilee and Dazzler or reaching out to other Mutants and maybe even show Xavier lose his temper and step outside of his own moral boundaries. Maybe we can see Moira have her son Proteus and the X-men have to put him down. There are just so many stories they can touch on, without trying to make a political statement. How about just bring in the 5 original X-men; Beast, Cyclops, Angel, Ice Man and Jean Grey.

  12. Go home and spam someone else.

  13. Having a helmet cover Robocop’s face is such a clunky anachronistic idea these days. Surely they can convey his roboticness in better ways…

    • An updated RoboCop doesn’t have to look like the one we all know. With today’s effects, RoboCop can look entirely human.

  14. Great actor who’s really on the up right now – It’s about time Robo-Cop got some long over due attention…the 1st one was way-ahead of it’s time when making gritty Superhero movies. It was the best superhero movie of the 80′s.

  15. I would seriously like if they included the sentinels in the sequal it could be a good follow up to the 1st one

  16. As good as FC was, I think Sony really missed the boat with not making this a reboot of the entire X-Men universe. I just felt it was a mistake to try to blend the movie into a universe that has become disjointed. Whatever they do, they need to keep McAvoy and Fassbender.

    • Sorry, Fox not Sony.

    • I agree. especially when this film made soo many continuity errors as it is.

  17. Keanu Reevs as robo cop!. That guy can play perfect as a robot for sure lol.