X-Men: First Class – Ben Walker as Beast, Fassbender in for Magneto?

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:15 pm,

The X-Men: First Class casting news is continuing to unfold. This week we heard that actresses Amber Heard (Pineapple Express) and Rosamund Pike (Die Another Day) were rumored for various roles in First Class, and we already know that James McAvoy is playing young Professor X.

Showbiz 411 broke the rumor that actor Michael Fassbender (Centurion) might play young Magneto, and it now seems as though that rumor is a reality. The latest 411 also has Benjamin Walker (Flags of Our Fathers) playing the young version of Hank McCoy, a.k.a. The Beast.

Walker has a short acting resume but is currently lighting up the stage on Broadway, playing former President Andrew Jackson in “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson”. The Beast is one of the original students of Professor Xavier in the X-Men comics and was portrayed by actor Kelsey Grammer in X-Men: The Last Stand. Both Grammer and Walker are graduates of the Juilliard acting school, so Walker should be able to convey the sophisticated intellectualism of Henry McCoy in the same convincing fashion Grammer did.

However, unlike Grammer’s turn as a blue-furred Beast in Last Stand, I expect Walker will play the pre-blue version of the character in First Class. The early versions of Beast depicted him as an apish figure, stocky and hunched, with disproportionately large hands and feet that he used for his ape-like acrobatics. It was only after later experimentation on himself that Beast actually turned blue and grew fur – I say reserve the portion of the budget you would spend on blue body paint for Mystique, and just go with ape-Beast for this prequel.

x men magneto mid X Men: First Class   Ben Walker as Beast, Fassbender in for Magneto?

Meanwhile, the rumor about Michael Fassbender playing young Magneto continues to spread. At first the actor was said to be deciding between First Class and a villain role in Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man reboot, then we heard he was passing on First Class, now Heat Vision Blog reports that Fassbender has in fact entered into early negotiations to play Magneto.

Keep your fingers crossed, because Fassbender would be a good choice for young Magneto, and a perfect foil for James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier.

Stay tuned, as more X-Men: First Class casting news is sure to come. The film starts shooting in August, for release on June 3, 2011. Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) is directing from a script by Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass), Jamie Moss (Street Kings) and Josh Schwartz (Chuck); former X-Men director Bryan Singer came up with the story for the film.

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  1. It’s all Bryan Singers fault X-men is ‘technically’ being rebooted.

    • It’s not being rebooted in anyway what-so-ever, this is a prequel. I doubt it was Singer’s fault anyway. I’m sure this was planned from the beginning.

      • Yeah, I know it’s a prequel, but, Singer just should have stuck with X3. Brett’s version wasn’t that bad but it could have been better.

  2. Even though Gavin Hood did the better job :-)

    • Hood was a horrible director, but everything about XO:W was terrible.

      • Nah, I’ll have to say that Hood made it work really well in favor of some of us fans like myself.

  3. Loved Fassbender in Basterds. He’s an awesome choice for Magneto.

  4. They should just give up on X-Men and do an Alpha Fight movie.

  5. I cant tell you my disgust at the thought of this prequel/everyone will think its a reboot anyways. Since half of the characters in this new movie werent in the first one anyways…i dont understand the thought process behind this movie.

    • I;m with ya on that one. I think the director just wants to make a name for himself.

  6. I hope this is a reboot. Cause this is the only chance for Cyclops to have a lead role.


  7. Loved Fassbender in Basterds. He’s an awesome choice for Magneto.

  8. what do you mean loved him in basterds he was great but his role was so short i loved him in 300!!!