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. ;-)
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.”
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.