James McAvoy gets a razor out in a new online post as he readies to shave his head again to play Professor Charles Xavier in X-Men: Dark Phoenix. McAvoy, of course, has become a pivotal part of the X-Men movie universe after his memorable debut as Professor X in director Matthew Vaughn's hit 2011 X-Men prequel X-Men: First Class. Assuming the younger version of the role made famous by Sir Patrick Stewart in the original X-Men from 2000, McAvoy eased his way into First Class with a full head of hair before showing signs of premature balding in X-Men: Days of Future Past in 2014.
McAvoy finally assumed the bald look fans know and love in 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse; and in a new Instagram post, the actor appears ready to shave off his locks again for X-Men: Dark Phoenix. In short video post, McAvoy first introduces a humming Wahl electric razor, before we get a glimpse of the actor's forehead and full head of hair, followed by a quick shot of his face. In the post, McAvoy simply says, "He approaches." See the video in McAvoy's post below:
Since McAvoy's appearance in X-Men: Dark Phoenix was only hinted to for a time (he reportedly will not be appearing in New Mutants ), the sight and sound of the electric razor will be music to the ears of fans of McAvoy's and his mutant alter ego. Following the underwhelming performance of X-Men: Apocalypse, fans were no doubt looking for yet another opportunity for McAvoy to show off his talents on the big screen, given the impressive results he delivered with both First Class and Days of Future Past.
Rumored to be set in the 1990s, Dark Phoenix is shaping up to be an exciting entry into the X-Men movie saga. The film is also bringing back Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult as the younger versions of Magneto (originated by Ian McKellen) and Mystique (originally played by Rebecca Romijn) and Beast (who was played by Kelsey Grammer in X-Men: The Last Stand); and two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain is currently in negotiations to play the film's main villain, Princess-Majestrix Lilandra Neramani, who is the empress of the Shi’ar alien empire. Back to play the titular character is Sophie Turner, who made her debut as the young Jean Grey in Apocalypse, and Simon Kinberg will be assuming the helm in favor of longtime X-Men director Bryan Singer.
With the production reportedly kicking off this month, it's only appropriate that the mutant at the center of the X-Men universe, Charles Xavier, kick off the buzz about the film with something that actually buzzes.
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