‘Kick-Ass’ Star Enrolling in X-Men: First Class?

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:14 pm,

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?

Source: Filmonic

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  1. I just wanna point out that a congrats is in order for Patrick Stewart, the original (modern) Professor X, for getting knighted.

    now we can call him Sir Patrick Stewart. he is now among the ranks of Sean Connery, Ian McKellen, and Michael Caine

    • I like that :-)

  2. what about him playing a much younger version of magneto?

  3. I think that anybody, young and not necessary very talented could play a young cyclops. For me the x-men franchise is dead. What kind of “first class” would be this without the Angel or Bobby Drake? Definitely, please leave the rights to marvel studios!

  4. I am really looking forward to first class

    this kid sounds a bit arrogant but what movie star isnt I suppose. I am really happy with McAvoy being cast as the professor (loved him in shameless)

    I am really hoping for a sentinel/days of the future past storyline

    failing that, having Mr sinister as a bad guy would be great.

    Although im leaning toward days of the future past, as that is the kind of event that could turn magneto against humans (as per the synopsis)

  5. I hope this gets cancelled. Vaughn’s talents are being wasted on this Fox ashcan film. Same for Goldman and McAvoy. There are so many better films out there waiting to be made.