‘X-Men: First Class’ Producer Claims Aaron Johnson Is Not Cyclops

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 10:58 am,

aaron johnson cyclops X Men: First Class Producer Claims Aaron Johnson Is Not Cyclops

MovieWeb had a chance to speak with producer Tarquin Pack, who has collaborated with director Matthew Vaughn on his recent comic book films Kick-Ass (now available on DVD/Blu-ray) and the upcoming X-Men (prequel? Reboot?), X-Men: First Class.

During the topic of casting for First Class was brought up, and Pack put to the rest the long-gestating rumor that Aaron Johnson, star of Kick-Ass, would be playing the central role of Cyclops/Scott Summers in the movie. Color us disappointed.

While many fans (such as our own Rob Keyes) are still trying to unravel the mystery of whether  First Class is a prequel or a reboot one thing that was agreed upon early on was that Aaron Johnson would be a good choice for Cyclops – someone with the acting chops to really bring the X-Men’s troubled leader to the forefront of the story, rather than having him resigned to the background as a foil for Wolverine (the version of the character James Marsden was forced to play in the original X-Men trilogy).

The thought of a proper onscreen version of Cyclops has been a titillating hook for X-Men: First Class – however, according to Pack, it won’t be Johnson who attempts to do the character justice: “…Don’t believe everything you read in the papers about Aaron, unfortunately. Aaron’s kind of busy, yeah.

So what is Johnson busy with, exactly? According to his IMDB resume, the actor is currently entering pre-production on a movie called The Phone, a remake of a Korean thriller about a cell phone that wreaks havoc on whomever possesses it. Hopefully it’s better than One Missed Call. Of course, Johnson also has a little sequel called Kick-Ass 2 on the near horizon – as Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar recently reminded us. Unlike Ryan Reynolds, it would seem that Johnson doesn’t have room on his plate to play two superhero roles at one time. Bummer.

For those keeping count, these are the actors confirmed for First Class so far, along with the mutants they will be playing:

That still leaves the top two young X-Men – Cyclops and Jean Grey – in question. As any X-Men fan will tell you, a lot ( a whole lot) of First Class‘ credibility hinges on who the filmmakers cast in those two pivotal roles. Johnson would’ve brought some major cred to to the table, in that respect.

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If you want to read more about what we can expect from X-Men: First Class and updates about that recent rumor that Matthew Vaughn had to revise dream sequences in the film that were too much like Chris Nolan’s Inception, then be sure to head on over to MovieWeb.

What do you guys think about Aaron Johnson not playing Cyclops in X-Men: First Class? Can you suggest another actor that could handle playing the X-Men’s leading man?

Source: MovieWeb

Image Source: Cyclops and Jean Grey by “Hawk

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  1. I’m a little curious how it’s a “mystery” where the film takes place in the film continuity. It takes place before the first movie. What more needs to be known?

      • Well, I just think that the official synopsis, as well as statements directly from Bryan Singer and Matthew Vaughn specifically indicate that this film is a prequel. I’ve been seeing this confusion all around the internet and I honestly just don’t know where it stems from.

        • I would say the sheer amount of plotholes and/or fan displeasure with the original trilogy and the Wolverine movie.

          If it is a true prequel and not a franchise reboot (a la Spider-Man) then it’s going to be a tricky balancing act and there are many questions that will need to be answered, such as:

          How does Deadpool become the Deadpool we’ll see in THAT spinoff film?
          How does Cyclops NOT remember Wolverine in X1?
          How does Victor Creed become Sabertooth in X1 and NOT remember Wolverine?
          Why was the history that First Class cover never referenced in the X trilogy?

          We could go on and on – in some ways I think a lot of fans believe a fresh start reboot would be better.

          • Cyclops didnt remember wolverine because he had his eyes covered so he wouldnt blow everything up… the rest i couldnt tell you…

          • I don’t see why Cyclops WOULD remember someone he never saw.

            I don’t see what Deadpool has to do with anything. That’s what the Deadpool spin off is for. As for the history, well… of course it was. We know from watching the movies that Charles and Erik have a long history. Now, we are seeing said history.

            • Guys, if you don’t think there are plotholes in the continuity that First Class will have to bend and twist to fill, you aren’t paying attention. Read up on the articles that are expertly written by our own Rob Keyes. You can click his name up above (highlighted in yellow) for a link to his posts.

              @ JP

              Deadpool is supposedly part of the same continuity – hence why Ryan Reynolds is starring.

              • I simply don’t see why that would have to be addressed in a film about the formation of the X-Men and the relationship between Erik and Charles. I mean, Deadpool couldn’t be further out of place!

                I really don’t see why First Class has to bend and twist to fit the movies continuity. That’s like saying any film prequel has to bend and twist to fit the continuity. Why is X-Men so different?

                • It’s not really a proper prequel if it doesn’t fit into the continuity established by the original film(s). And since it’s not a proper prequel, I think thats where the ambiguity of prequel vs. reboot that Kofi is referring to comes in to play.

  2. i thought Josh Hutcherson would be good for the role.

  3. I haven’t read X-men for a year or so. I’ve never read First Class, but I hear Darwin is in it. Really? THe problem with Darwin is that he always changes. Even Mystique you knew who she was underneath, Darwin evolves every time something new happens. It seems a problem.

    I love the X-Men books to death but when do another stupid magic thing and there about five mutants left in the world and six books or whatever, that’s dumb.

    Hey, that’s Joe Quesada’s Marvel.

    Do I sound bitter?

  4. Another plothole is the Juggernaut. C’mon people seriously you guys know that

  5. Personally ,I never bought “Scott Didnt see Logan”.
    At Least he heard Logans voice , it wasnt like they had no contact at all.
    Kofis right .
    Its a mess .
    Pity Marvel couldnt reboot this on their own.

  6. i for one would love to see marvel get the rights back and start from scratch and do the original team and work up from there adding the sentinel story,and sinister,and apocalypse. i also think it would be really awesome to see marvel have a great director like chris nolan,or someone of that caliber do grant morrisons run of x-men to the screen with beak,angel salvador,glob hjerman,and the other x-men with a dark knight feel to it and also generation-x,and a district-x film would both be awesome to see on film if they do not try and change the characters too much and really give us a great story. but if marvel keeps changing characters in sequels they will go under soon im afraid. i also think we should get some great monster/sci fi thriller/ killer animal films done with strong stories to push them along. well thats what i think i prefer solid story,great acting,and practical/cgi blended effects over non stop action,cheesy comedy,and crappy effects.

  7. Its Marvels fault when the sold the rights. They let the studios run wild with their characters. There are no guidlines for continuitys sake. Marvel should make sure every first movie follows the Comic Book originals & look as close as possible to the source. Now we are getting stories/movies all over the map.

  8. People need to get use to the re-boot & recasting. Its going to happen every 3 films. It just the nature of the beast. Plus Marvel neve sets any continuity guidelines.

  9. i also say that if movie in any genre get made with great qaulity then noone will get bored with them that includes horror,sci fi thrillers etc. but if they keep dishing crap then people will stop watching.

  10. Well no one is twisting the studio’s, Fox and Sony’s, figurative arm not to follow the comic continuity. Shoot they could’ve went as far back as “Superman IV” and reasoned out when comic movie franchises go bad, but that’s really on those studio’s shoulders. Why should Marvel have to sell part of the store so to speak, what they’ve learned about doing these ventures entirely? It’s the same as going to buy a loaf of bread, They don’t sell you the secret process, just the bread. They might want to hang on to the special machines, and possible secret process to make more bread…