Rose Byrne To Play Moira MacTaggert in X-Men: First Class

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 10th, 2013 at 3:44 am,

A few hours ago we reported that Jason Flemying, the British actor who’s worked with director Matthew Vaughn on all of his films to date, has joined the cast of X-Men: First Class as the teleporting mutant and father of fan-favorite Nightcrawler, Azazel. Now we have more casting news with Rose Byrne reportedly in talks with Fox to play Moira MacTaggert.

Previously, Rosamund Pike was said to have been looked at to play MacTaggert after initially rumored to play Emma Frost. For those unfamiliar with the character, Moira MacTaggert is not a mutant, but a scientist and leader in the field of genetic mutation.

Of Scottish descent, Moira was also the love interest of Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) before he formed the X-Men. She plays a critical role in helping Xavier build the X-Men, having partnered with Professor X to start his school for gifted mutants and help in constructing Cerebro. She also helped Charles with teaching Jean Grey to control her abilities.

The Hollywood Reporter has the exclusive that Byrne could soon be joining the growing list of characters in X-Men: First Class. The question remains is whether Moira will have an overpowered mutant son named Proteus as she does in the X-Men comics. In main Marvel universe, Proteus is fathered by politician Joseph MacTaggert but if that’s a plotline to be included in the movie, the film could follow the Ultimate Marvel universe where Xavier is the father. Either way, we can safely say that their relationship will be a key part of Xavier’s past with Magneto that will be explored.

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Rose Byrne hails from Australia and currently stars in the FX series Damages. You may also recognize Byrne for her major film roles in Troy, Marie Antoinette, Sunshine, 28 Weeks Later, Knowing and most recently, Get Him to the Greek.

Should the deal be finalized, Byrne will join the talented cast of X-Men: First Class thus far:

Matthew Vaughn and Bryan Singer’s X-Men: First Class begins shooting in less than three weeks for a June 3, 2011 release.

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Source: THR

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  1. Hmmm…Vaughn did mention some Inception-type dream fight sequences being taken out. That sounds like Proteus to me. Proteus is very interesting with the ability to manifest his dreams physically. I suppose Prof X just manifests his subconscious onto and into other peoples minds. That would make for a great story, but it’s possible b/c of Inception it was canned.

  2. i hate it.

  3. Who are really original 5 X Men members in the upcoming prequel movie? I though Storm suppose to be an original member of X-Men along with Cyclops, Jean, Beast and also Emma Frost. Well, we got to wait and see.

    • @ ron

      The original five X-Men are:

      Marvel Girl

      They first appeared in The X-Men #1 (September 1963) – MARVEL COMICS

      This movie has got nothing to do with the above information.

  4. Since the X-Men have already had 3 movies, how about an Alpha Flight movie?
    Some great characters there, although they couldn’t capitalize on the X-Men name, still would be a good pic.

  5. “how about an Alpha Flight movie”

    Yeah that’s been a discussion here before. I think it was back in May. I believe it will happen someday and it would certainly be a more productive discussion than “First Class.”

    More of an Open Discussion topic now though. Come back day after tomorrow…

    • the little person from the Jackass fame should be Puck. Idk lol