X-Men: First Class Already Casting New Cyclops & Jean Grey? [Updated]

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

x men first class cast cyclops jean grey X Men: First Class Already Casting New Cyclops & Jean Grey? [Updated]

Now that Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn is locked in to direct the X-Men: First Class for Fox, taking over for Bryan Singer who’s now just acting as a producer on the project, it’s time to sign the cast so they can start production this summer.

While I assumed we’d see some familiar faces take over the key roles of Cyclops and Emma Frost, namely Tim Pocock and Tahyna Tozzi from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it appears that may not be the case. According to Heat Vision, the word in Hollywood is that Singer is taking the opportunity while casting for Jack the Giant Killer to find qualified candidates to play Cyclops and Jean Grey.

If this is actually happening, that would mean they could be bringing in an entirely new set of actors to play the young mutants in X-Men: First Class and not keeping those we saw in the Wolverine solo movie.

Is that good or bad? I hate recasting characters in movies still fresh in the mind of audiences, but in this case I wouldn’t mind. The only young callout mutants from X-Men Origins: Wolverine were Gambit, Cyclops and Emma and of those characters, only Tim Pocock’s Cyclops looked or acted close to the character we know from the Marvel Universe.

Another thing to keep in mind is what other characters Singer will be casting for. We’ve discussed several times before on Screen Rant that the roster is inherently flawed already because of how they introduced and utilized characters in the X-Men film timeline. Now Fox is forced to deviate in their First Class roster selection quite a bit from what we know the original X-Men team as.

The 5 core characters I’ve expected to see in X-Men: First Class since before Wolverine debuted are as follows:

  • Cyclops
  • Jean Grey
  • Emma Frost
  • Beast
  • Storm

To round out the cast, we could see Magneto’s kids since we know the story is heavily focused on the relationship between Magneto and Professor Charles Xavier. I wouldn’t be surprised to see if they work together to build the school, Cerebro and teach the first mutants before they part ways due to clashing views on mutantkind and its place in modern society.

We also know that they’ll be creating new characters for X-Men: First Class, whether that be mutants at the school and/or villains, we do not yet know. We can however, expect plenty of casting announcements soon as the plan is for X-Men: First Class to begin shooting in the next few months for a fast release next summer.

How do you feel about Cyclops and others being recast again?

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If you’re a fan, check out our articles on What We Need From X-Men 4 and on What X-Men 3 Could Have Been.

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

[Update: James McAvoy has signed on to play Professor X in X-Men: First Class]

Source: Heat Vision

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  1. I would love to see laura prepon fron the 70s show as jean grey she looks great as a red head, she’s tough, sexy, and a good actress I think she would be perfect. I also hope that gambit returns in this movie.

  2. This is my cast.

    Aaron Johnson – Cyclops(Scott Summers)
    Mary Elizabeth Winstead – Jean Grey

  3. We would want

    Kristen Stewart as Jean Grey / Phoenix Force

  4. um im sorry but Kristen Stewart couldnt even fill the shoes of Jean Grey!

    for a young Jean, it would have to be…

    Hayden Panettiere
    Emma Watson
    Amy Adams (but she looks way to happy)
    emma stone
    Sophia Bush
    emily blunt

  5. para mi la que debería interpretar a Jean es kristen stewart ya que se supone que debe ser joven y kristen stewart pelirroja se ve muy parecida y como scott summers me gustaria que fuera Ian Somerhalder
    esa es mi idea

  6. for me that should play Jean is kristen stewart as it’s supposed to be young redhead kristen stewart looks very similar and as scott summers I would like to be Ian Somerhalder
    that’s my idea

  7. Of course We support Kristen Stewart ! She is successful in ” The Twilight Saga: Eclipse “.
    Kristen Stewart is very best to be a Jean Grey / Dark Phoenix. cause she is more famous than the others.
    and Sophia Bush is very nice to be a Selene / The Black Queen. because Selene should be there too. cause we want to see this movie more successful than Twilight Saga Eclipse and X men Movie Yet. This movie should be longer than X men 2 ( United }.

  8. No comment. Kristen Stewart is the best.

  9. KRISTEN STEWART as JEAN GREY / DARK PHOENIX / WHITE PHOENIX please……………………………………………….

  10. gente eu voto a favor do james marsden e da famke, eles são unicos, não podem subistitui-los….

  11. Ok, the best candidate for jean grey – the white phoenix is kristen stewart.
    and aaron johnson is good to be a scott summer – cyclops

  12. i complete agree if kristen stewart as jean grey ( white phoenix ).

  13. We thought that we should choose for Jean Grey character.
    we choose : Kristen Stewart.
    and we thought Jean Grey who turns into the Dark Phoenix / Dark Phoenix should defeat Apocalypse.

  14. No, no, no, no, The best actor for Scott Summer / Cyclops is
    Joshua Ryan Hutcherson.

    and The best Actress for Jean Grey / The White Phoenix is Kristen Jaymes Stewart.

  15. I’d prefer Kristen Stewart not to be Jean Grey. I’d much rather have a different actress, who can act. Kristen was good in films before Twilight but ever since that saga I haven’t seen any emotion in her face when she acts.
    I can’t really think of who would be the best actress to play Jean.

  16. Oh god, please don’t cast Kristen as Jean Grey… although i love twilight i don’t think Kristen can act well at all! and we need a superb, strong pheonix… and someone whose face can actually produce an expression :)

  17. Why is Phoenix being talked about for First Class? She doesn’t become Phoenix till X3.

  18. I agree X men First Class have a White Phoenix.
    The story is eventually resolved by a resurrected Jean becoming the fully realized White Phoenix of the Crown and using the abilities of the Phoenix Force to reach back in time and influence Scott to accept Emma’s offer to run the school together. I think Emma Stone deserves to be a White Phoenix
    ( Jean Grey ). and I think Selene should be there too. and someone who deserves to be a Selene is Angelina Jolie.
    x men first class shouldn’t be left to talk about Age of Apocalypse who should be brought : apocalypse, mr. sinister, genesis, shadow king, proteus, holocaust, bastion, the living monolith, sentinel A and balck tom cassidy.

  19. I think they should pick a young woman with full lips and a defined jaw and keep it as similar to the comic as can be. A young woman who resembles Angelina Jolie that is my opinion Jean Grey I read was 5ft6 ot 5ft had model like features and someone who would be a strong actress. I actually would like to see a new face!! Or someone not that well known!

  20. I also am upset that they haven’t been keeping it true to the comic it’s annoying.