Even with roles in 300 and the upcoming Jonah Hex, the comic book crowd might not be immediately familiar with German-born actor Michael Fassbender. If today's news comes to pass, all of that is about to change.
Roger Friedman at Showbiz 411 is reporting that Fassbender has been offered the role of Eric Lensherr/Magneto in Matthew Vaughan's X-Men: First Class as well as the role of the main villain in Marc Webb's Spider-Man reboot. Taking into consideration that these films are set up at different studios, if Fassbender is interested it's unlikely he'll be able to do both. He's going to have to choose one or the other.
Although we have no idea who the villain in the new Spider-Man might be at this point, my vote is Fassbender for the role of young Magneto in First Class. I think Fassbender would make for an unbelievably effective younger version of the character (he would have made a great Xavier as well).
I also love the idea of Fassbender sharing the screen with James McAvoy's Professor X. Given that the film centers around the evolution (and disintegration) of the Xavier/Lensherr relationship, an actor of Fassbender's caliber would be a welcome addition and excellent sparring partner for McAvoy.
Fassbender appeared as Lt. Archie Hicox in last year's Inglourious Basterds and as previously mentioned, he can be seen this summer as a villainous henchman in another comic book adaptation, Jonah Hex.
X-Men: First Class is set to be released June 3rd, 2011 while the Spider-Man reboot swings into theaters on July 3rd, 2012. Jonah Hex hits screens on June 18th.
How do you feel about Fassbender appearing in either of these films? Which role would you rather see him take on? With his name as a potential candidate, who might the villain in the Spider-Man reboot be?
Source: Showbiz 411.