After an extended period of mounting negative buzz towards Twentieth Century Fox's X-Men: First Class, director Matthew Vaughn and the studio were able to turn expectations around earlier this week with an impressive and exciting X-Men: First Class official trailer.
This first real look at footage of the film easily put to rest the concern from fans after the first cast image appeared online, and helped solidify the X-Men prequel as a legitimate contender during the busy superhero summer movie season. Now that the film and its characters have been revealed to the world, the actors are opening up about their roles and the filming process during interviews and press junkets for their other projects and some of the latest news on the film continues to come from star January Jones.
Coming back from two disappointing franchise installments in X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, producer Bryan Singer - the man responsible for the only two good X-Men movies - is under a lot of pressure to turn the series around for the better. Although he's enlisted the help of director Matthew Vaughn to helm the project - both whom almost helmed the third X-Men movie - the studio is forcing them to put together the large-scale production under the most difficult of circumstances with an extremely rushed schedule to meet a June release date.
Currently, the crew is midway through filming six weeks of re-shoots while Vaughn is editing what they've already locked from principal photography. Recent set visit reports indicate that everyone's under a lot of stress to get the film done, and get it done right.
January Jones, who plays the mutant telepath Emma Frost with the ability to turn her skin into diamond, recently spoke about the film and wasn't shy about joking about the working conditions Vaughn is helming the picture under. "Poor (director) Matthew Vaughn is going to have to edit it in three days," Jones laughed. "That's been a blast. We've all had so much fun making that movie."
"I think it was unrealistic for them to think they were going to make such a huge movie in whatever we had -- two months or something. So of course we went over (schedule). I think I have a couple more days to shoot... We're almost done. The fact we've had to push the wrap date but they haven't moved the release date is really interesting to me. I guess they must know what they're doing. I have a lot of faith in Matthew as a director and an editor; I think his movies are great. And I think they've been cutting as we've been going. We should be fine."
If X-Men: First Class is being touted by the producers and studio as the saving grace of the franchise and a start to a potential new trilogy of films, forcefully rushing the movie is not something fans are appreciative of. On the bright side, X-Men fans are excited to see Emma Frost get her (legitimate) on screen debut and the hot topic of her character has unsurprisingly focused on the character's attire in the film. Jones recently talked about some of Frost's X-Men: First Class costumes and touched on it again in her interview with Canoe.
"Everybody wants to know about the costume. I didn't really know much about her beforehand, but when I did my research, she's a very -- specifically visually -- iconic character. Nobody talks about the fact she's got the most bad-ass powers... But yeah, she has very skimpy outfits. So we had a lot of fun with that."
Under the circumstances, we sincerely hope Matthew Vaughn and co. are able to pull off a great movie that fans and critics can get behind. Make time to watch the X-Men: First Class trailer to see why we placed the film in our 20 most anticipated movies of 2011.
Matthew Vaughn and Bryan Singer’s X-Men: First Class releases June 3, 2011.