Another mutant has been cast for Matthew Vaughn's upcoming X-Men: First Class! We previously reported the rumor that Fox was interested in Amber Heard (Pineapple Express) for the role of Mystique, the blue shape-shifting mutant played by Rebecca Romijn in the X-Men trilogy, but now we can confirm that they've chosen someone different.
Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone) has reportedly been cast as another one of the many late-teen actors for the X-Men prequel. The character of Mystique was a prosthetic-heavy role for Romijn in the previous movies where the character was known to not be afraid to show some skin.
With the story of X-Men: First Class paying heavy attention to the origins and relationship between the younger Professor Charles Xavier and the younger Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto, we can assume that Mystique may start out as one of the early recruits for Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. As Magneto eventually takes his own path, he brings Mystique with him on his quest to ensure mutant superiority.
With relatively unknown 19 year-old Lawrence (soon to be 20) nabbing the role, there's still a chance Amber Heard could play a part in the movie. As our own Kofi Outlaw suggested, Heard could easily pull off the look of Jean Grey, one of the first main X-Men team members and franchise characters. Heard however, is 24 years of age and we still don't know if they're looking for teen actors for the leading roles of Cyclops and Jean.
Matthew Vaughn and producer Bryan Singer look to introduce plenty of lesser-known younger actors to the mainstream with their large roster of characters. Here's the cast as we know it thus far, starting with the more veteran actors:
- James McAvoy - Professor X
- Michael Fassbender - Magneto
- Kevin Bacon - Undisclosed villain
- Rosamund Pike - Moira MacTaggert
- Alice Eve - Emma Frost
- Nicholas Hoult - Beast
- Caleb Landry Jones - Banshee
- Lucas Till - Havok
The cast and X-Men: First Class roster are worthy topics to get excited about, not to mention the folks behind the cameras. Let's hope they're given a solid story to play with and that the characters are treated right.
How do you think Lawrence will look like after they transform her into:
X-Men: First Class opens June 3, 2011.