Is there a possible reunion in store for Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson and director Matthew Vaughn? There’s been all sorts of hearsay over Johnson’s involvement in Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class ever since the duo were spotted in London with James McAvoy (who was recently cast as Professor X).
While it may seem a bit premature to make such assumptions, Filmonic points out that Johnson did recently audition for the role of Jack in Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer. Singer, who is producing X-Men: First Class, previously indicated that those auditions might also be used to find a young Cyclops and Jean Grey.
Johnson certainly held his own as the title character in Kick-Ass but I’m not sure I see him as a young Cyclops. Still, they could certainly do a lot worse and we’ve seen unconventional casting payoff significantly in other comic book adaptations. There’s also no indication of how large a role the character would even play in the story of First Class, given that the emphasis has (very wisely) switched to the Professor X/Magneto relationship.
Here’s the film’s official plot synopsis:
“X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, following the classic Marvel mythology, charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Eric Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were the closest of friends, working together, with other mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.”
However, one notable discrepency in all this is Johnson himself: the young star was recently having his name tossed around as a fan-favorite pick for the role of Peter Parker in Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man reboot. When he finally addressed that bit of Spidey news, Johnson didn’t sound too enthused about the prospect:
“I would play another superhero, but not necessarily soon…Obviously [Hollywood producers] haven’t got that much of a creative brain when someone else has a movie coming out called Kick-Ass, why would they want to be the next superhero that’s already been done before…It’s just ridiculous. Producers just aren’t thinking. It’s why [crap] movies get made.”
Of course, Johnson’s comments may not apply to a case where he would be reconnecting with his pal Matthew Vaughn; in Vaughn’s hands (and the right financial motivation), Johnson might be happy to don a superhero costume again – who knows…
How would you feel about Johnson as Scott Summers/Cyclops? If his involvement comes to fruition, is there another role he’d be better suited for?