X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class is an upcoming superhero film based on the comic book superhero team. It is the fifth film of the X-Men film series and a prequel to the first three movies. Matthew Vaughn is directing and Bryan Singer is producing, and the film is scheduled for release on June 3, 2011. It concerns the early years of
Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, and their dealings with The Hellfire Club.

James McAvoy...Professor Charles Xavier

Michael Fassbender ... Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto
Rose Byrne...Dr. Moira MacTaggert
January Jones...Emma Frost
Kevin Bacon...Sebastian Shaw
Jennifer Lawrence...Raven Darkhölme / Mystique
Nicholas Hoult ...Hank McCoy / Beast
Jason Flemyng... Azazel
Oliver Platt...Man in Black
Lucas Till...Alex Summers / Havok
Caleb Landry Jones...Sean Cassidy / Banshee
Edi Gathegi...Darwin
Álex González...Janos Quested / Riptide
Zoë Kravitz...Angel Salvadore
Ray Wise...Secretary of State


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Bryan Singer Comes Back for ‘X-Men: First Class’ (Interview)

Heat Vision: So how did you end up coming back to “X-Men”?Bryan Singer: It started with a conversation between (Fox co-chairman) Tom Rothman and I some time ago. We not only concluded a deal, but I’ve written a pretty concise treatment. There’s a story that I really want to tell.

Heat Vision: What is the story?Singer: I can’t tell you that; it’s secret. But it’s basically about the formation of the X-Men. How they began and the relationship between a young Xavier and a young Magneto.

Heat Vision: I remember when you left “X3″ to do “Superman Returns.” It wasn’t under the best of circumstances.Singer: A lot of that was comical and exaggerated. When you set up a rather lucrative franchise and produce one of the company’s biggest television shows (“House”), I think there is a lot of good energy on a business level. But also, Tom Rothman and I have a very strong relationship from those early days of “X-Men 1″ when he ascended to the chairmanship and I was involved in this very important movie for the studio. We bonded then. So I think he was frustrated then, as was I, because I couldn’t do a third “X-Men,” but that moment of frustration passed. We have always looked at different projects to do together, but the timing was never right to do something like this. But now, it’s been about 10 years since the first “X-Men,” and this is a nice opportunity to look back at the origins of that universe.

Heat Vision: Do you think the X-Men can exhaust themselves? You’ve got the original three, you’ve got “Wolverine,” you’ve got a “Deadpool” and “Magneto” in the works …Singer: This story would probably utilize some of the Magneto story because it deals with a young Magneto, so it might supersede that because this would explore that relationship between a young energetic professor and a disenfranchised victim of the Holocaust. But no, I don’t see an exhaustion. The X-Men universe is boundless. These are great characters. And as young characters, they are quite different than the characters we have seen in the contemporary movies.

Heat Vision: Would you do “Jack the Giant Killer” first?Singer: Right now that is the plan. Unless there’s a problem in the development process. There is a script for “Jack”; we’re in visual development. We’ve got artwork and pre-viz that we are doing. But you never know how things go. I have a writer named Jamie Moss working on “First Class.”

Heat Vision: Why did you choose to work with him?Singer: He’s a really good writer, and of the writers I met with, he interpreted my story the best and brought the most to it. Because I’m so actively involved in the script development of my movies, I’m very hands-on, I need a certain kind of writer and a certain kind of availability to me. And he fit that bill. He’s quite talented.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Even More Jekyll Island Set Pictures that might be SPOILERS!

More Images of Jekyll Island might be major *SPOILERS*


Sarah Harding was almost Emma Frost

Sarah Harding got called back for three 'X-Men: First Class' auditions.

She said: "I got called back three times for 'X-Men' but I missed out on the part to January Jones which was fine, she's a more established actress, but I was pleased to have got that far down the line."


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Short Jennifer Lawrence quote

 "X-Men" is going great. We're now in Georgia doing all the battle sequences, so that's fun. To be honest, when I wrap I'm mostly focused on sleeping or eating. So I haven't been too focused on what's next — I'm mostly just focused on sleeping and eating.""


Kevin Bacon discusses Sebastian Shaw

In an interview with Philadelphia Style, Kevin Bacon confirmed that he will play a significant role in X-Men: First Class as the villain, Sebastian Shaw.  But don't expect him to jump through buildings or get engaged in hand-to-hand combat, Bacon admits that the role won't be very physically demanding.  Says Bacon, "I'll let the younger actors do that...I'm more one of those 'sit in my chair and destroy the world' type of guys."


Friday, December 10, 2010

Jennifer Lawrence On Mystique

Assignment X (AX) interviewed Jennifer Lawrence, and part of the interview concerns her role as Mystique.

AX: A lot of people are excited about seeing you play Mystique in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS next year. She’s probably my favorite character. What’s it like going through that body paint job that Rebecca Romijn previously endured?

JENNIFER LAWRENCE: For most of the movie, I’m “me” as Raven Darkholme. This is before she’s a mutant and proud as Mystique. In FIRST CLASS, Raven’s more of an insecure teenager who’s dealing with the insecurity that she’s blue and scaly. Then she learns to start embracing it. For that, I went through the body paint many times. It’s six to eight hours to put on. And it would be hell if it wasn’t for my makeup girls. We just have so much fun watching SEX AND THE CITY the whole time. The only problem is that when I’m done standing up or sitting on a bicycle seat for so many hours, I’m ready to go home, but I’ve got to start work right away.

AX: Is it liberating playing an empowered character who’s literally naked to the world?

JENNIFER LAWRENCE: I definitely have gotten used to walking around in my skivvies. I don’t know if that gave me empowerment as much as it took all of my modesty away!

AX: Mystique’s appeal is how she uses her sensuality as a weapon. What’s your personal take on the character?

JENNIFER LAWRENCE: In a sense, Rebecca Romijn and I are playing two different Mystiques. Her version is comfortable, and badass in her own skin, but my Raven is about figuring herself out, and wondering if it would be better to remain in her natural form.

AX: So I imagine we’ll have a scene with Raven’s liberating moment of ripping her cloths off?

JENNIFER LAWRENCE: I don’t know. Stay tuned!

AX: Another great quality about Mystique is her agility. What are the physical demands of the part like?

JENNIFER LAWRENCE: All of the cast that are playing X-Men are all going through training. I personally trained for two hours a day, except when I was being body painted. I did kick boxing, stretching and yoga, but it’s really my stunt girl who’s going to be doing more than me.

AX: One of my favorite films of the year was Class director Matthew Vaughan’s KICK ASS. Is he going for a similarly satirical tone here, or will his X-MEN be more serious?

JENNIFER LAWRENCE: Matthew’s an incredible director. He’s very smart, and has a cool style. While I don’t think he’s trying to be too serious here, he’s also not making the film jokey. About the only word that comes to mind when you’re looking around the set to get a feeling for what this film will be is “Cool!” I definitely trust in Matthew.


Rebecca Romijn as Mystique

Official Plot Description

X-Men First Class charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. 

Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.”


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Who is Professor X?

Professor Charles Xavier (Professor X) is a mutant who has one of the world's most powerful mutant minds. He is a high-level telepath who can read, control and influence human minds. A scientific genius, he is also a leading authority on genetics, mutation, and psionic powers. Throughout most of his comic book history, Xavier is paraplegic. Xavier’s goals are to promote the peaceful affirmation of mutant rights, to mediate the co-existence of mutants and humans and to protect society from antagonistic mutants, including his old friend, the militant Magneto. To achieve these aims, he founded Xavier Institute to teach mutants to explore and control their powers, and he founded the X-Men.

More details at Wikipedia

Who is the Beast?

Dr. Hank McCoy (Beast) is a mutant who originally appeared to be an ape-like human with superhuman physical strength. Over time he underwent progressive transformations to his physiognomy, permanently gaining increasingly animalistic physical characteristics, including blue fur, feline facial features, pointed ears, fangs, and claws. Despite his inhuman appearance, he is a brilliant man of the arts and sciences; he is a world authority on biochemistry and genetics, the X-Men's medical doctor, and the science instructor at the Xavier Institute. He is also a mutant political activist.

More details at Wikipedia

Jason Flemyng as Azazel

Jason Flemyng who is playing Azazel, described his character as a "teleporter" and is Nightcrawler's father. Flemyng said his character will involve a lot of make-up and that he'll have a tail, which will be added in post-production like Nightcrawler.

Here's a clip of Nightcrawler from "X2: X-Men United" >


Father and son: Jason Flemyng and Alan Cumming

Who is Mystique?

Raven Darkhölme (Mystique) is a mutant who can shapeshift, and whose natural appearance includes her blue skin and yellow eyes. She is the mother of villian Graydon Creed (whose father is Victor Creed / Sabretooth), she is also the mother of X-Men Nightcrawler (whose father is Azazel), and she is the adoptive mother of the X-Men Rogue. Throughout most of her history, Mystique has been a supervillain often working with Magneto and the Brotherhood of Mutants.

More details at Wikipedia

Who is Havok?

Alex Summers (Havok) is a mutant with the ability to generate powerful “plasma blasts”, an ability he has had difficulty controlling. He is the younger brother of Scott Summers (Cyclops) and the older brother of Gabriel Summers (Vulcan). Alex and Scott were abandoned as children and Alex was adopted by the Blandings; a family whose son, Todd, had died in a car accident. During a violent altercation with a boy who was trying to hurt Alex and his foster sister, Haley, Alex manifested his powers for the first time, incinerating the boy. Alex went on to study and earn a degree in geophysics at college. There he first met the X-Men, and his brother Scott again. Eventually he joined the X-Men as a member.

More details at Wikipedia

Who is Angel Salvadore?

Angel Salvadore discovered she was a mutant when she was fourteen years old. One night a cocoon formed around her, and the next morning she emerged with wings. Wolverine helped rescue her from trouble and brought her to the Xavier Institute, where she initially had difficulty fitting in, especially with one of her teachers, Emma Frost. Over time she develops a relationship with classmate Beak. She later marries him and has children with him.

More details at Wikipedia

More Jekyll Island Set Pictures that might be SPOILERS!

Some Images of Jekyll Island might be major *SPOILERS*


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

First Look at the Georgia Set of "X-Men: First Class"

Melinda from Georgia has graciously decided to share some photos of the preparations on the X-Men: First Class set on Jekyll Island. The photos were taken several days ago, and I believe shooting on Jekyll Island will start this week. Thank you so much for sharing your photos Melinda.


Saturday, December 4, 2010

Who is Emma Frost?

Emma Frost is a mutant who served as the White Queen of the Hellfire Club. She was therefore an enemy of the X-Men for several years. Following a tragedy she had a change of heart, and she aided the X-Men and became a key member of mutant group Generation X. Emma mentored the young Generation X mutants with Irish X-Men Banshee at the Massachusetts Academy. Following this, she joined the X-Men and plays a pivot role in the group. Emma's powers include telepathy and the ability to turn her skin into a super strong diamond form.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Who is Azazel?

Azazel claims to be from another dimension, and spent several years fathering children with various female mutants, to open a dimensional portal to his home dimension. He met Mystique in Germany, she fell in love with Azazel, and she became pregnant with Azazel's son, Nightcrawler. Azazel sired several dozen other children, who were all mysteriously called to gather and sacrifice themselves on the island known as the Isla Des Demonas. The mutant children worked together in a zombie-like state and opened the portal to Azazel's dimension, but the X-Men had followed Nightcrawler to see where he was going and closed the portal.

More details at Wikipedia

Who is Moira MacTaggert?

Born Moira Kinross, Moira MacTaggert became one of the world's leading authorities on genetic mutation, earning her a Nobel Prize for her work. She is the longest running human associate of the X-Men and is Professor Charles Xavier's colleague and confidante. She eventually created a Mutant Research Center on Muir Island, off the coast of Scotland, and helped in the founding of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters and was the co-creator of Cerebro.

More details at Wikipedia

What is "A Touch of Brimstone"?

The Hellfire Club as featured in the X-Men comics was strongly influenced by a 1966 episode of the British TV series "The Avengers" - A Touch of Brimstone. In the episode John Steed and Emma Peel infiltrate the Hellfire Club who are attempting to take over the world. They dress in the same style of vintage costumes that the X-Men Hellfire Club do.

More details at the Avengers Forever.

This episode guest stars Peter Wyngarde (who is best known for playing Jason King), who inspired Hellfire Club member Mastermind aka Jason Wyngarde.


The Black Queen of the London branch of the Hellfire Club in the X-Men world is Emma Steed, another homage to this episode.


Who is Sebastian Shaw?

Sebastian Shaw is an adversary of the X-Men. He is the leader of the New York branch of the Hellfire Club, an exclusive secret society bent on world domination, although to the public, he is a legitimate businessman and ordinary human. In truth Shaw is a  mutant who possesses the ability to absorb kinetic energy and transform it into raw strength.

He was initiated into the Hellfire Club thanks to his vast fortune along with Warren Worthington, Jr. (father of Archangel), Howard Stark (father of Tony Stark) and Sir James Braddock (father of Captain Britain and Psylocke).

More details at Wikipedia.

Nick Hoult Says Beast Transformation Takes Four Hours Of Prosthetics!

While promoting the "Giving Tree" charity (which aims to make sure that thousands of vulnerable and needy children have a present to open on Christmas Day) in Wokingham, the actor was asked how work is progressing on the Fox prequel and revealed that filming is not only over but that his transformation into Beast takes four hours a day.

"It’s going well, it’s a lot of fun. We are coming towards the end of filming but there is still a fair bit to do."

"Some days it can be four hours getting the prosthetics and stuff on. We should be finished just before Christmas."

X-Men: First Class is set to be released on June 3, 2011 and is directed by Matthew Vaughn. 


Thursday, December 2, 2010

What is the Hellfire Club?

The Hellfire Club is an underground society that often comes into conflict the X-Men. Although the Club appears to merely be an international social club for wealthy elites, its clandestine Inner Circle seeks to influence world events to their own agenda. Created by the Uncanny X-Men writer/artist duo of Chris Claremont and John Byrne, they were heavily influenced by a 1966 episode of the British television series The Avengers ("A Touch of Brimstone").

The hierarchy of the Inner Circle is modeled on the pieces of a chess set, with Black and White sets of Kings, Queens, Bishops and Rooks.

The Hellfire Club and its Inner Circle were introduced in the Dark Phoenix Saga, this incarnation, composed most notably of Black King Sebastian Shaw and White Queen Emma Frost, would remain prominent for many years. After their initial confrontations, the Hellfire Club and the X-Men settled into an uneasy alliance.

More details at Wikipedia

The Beast in X-Men 3: The Last Stand (deleted sequence)

Moira MacTaggert in X-Men 3: The Last Stand (post-credit sequence)

Emma Frost in X-Men Origins: Wolverine

X-Men: First Class Plot Details (Possible Spoilers)

Bleeding Cool has learned that X-Men: First Class will include a scene identical to the opening shot of the first X-Men movie, where a young Eric Lensherr, a.k.a. Magneto, is being taken away from his family by Nazis and exhibits his powers for the first time. According to the report, the scene will be remade almost shot-for-shot, though there will be some key differences, namely Bill Milner playing the role of "Young Eric Lensherr" and "some very dramatic twists" towards the end of the scene. The article doesn't mention where in the film the sequence will be featured, be it in the very beginning or as a flashback. 


X-Men: First Class Logo

X-Men: First Class Plot Details

Bryan Singer spoke about the film, seeking to clarify what exactly is being done with everyone's favorite band of merry mutants. First off, the film is set in the 1960s. JFK is the president, the Civil Rights movement is in full swing, and "there is a spirit of a hopeful future that was prevalent in that time." Charles Xavier and the man who will become Magneto -- Erik Lehnsherr -- meet and dream of a future where man and mutant can live together in peace. And we all know how that works out…

Some bullet points follow on the ton of info that Singer has revealed:

--The two leads will be in their late twenties.
--Xavier will not be in his wheelchair, but we will learn how he gets there.
--He'll also still have hair.
--Xavier and Magneto will create the X-Men together.
--This is not based on the comic book called First Class but rather is "a new beginning" for the series.
--Director Matthew Vaughn is "technologically inspired" by the James Bond tech of the '60s.
--The costumes will be more "comic bookish" than in previous films.
--Neither Cyclops nor Marvel Girl will show up, but Cyke's brother Havoc will.
--Kevin Bacon will play Sebastian Shaw and, yes, the Hellfire Club will figure into the mix.
--Filming begins with Xavier at Oxford University.
--The movie will have a much more international feel than previous installments. (The shoot will take place in England and the U.S.) Other locations will include Russia (though they won't actually film there).


'X-Men: First Class' Adds Ray Wise To Cast

During an interview with IGN, "Twin Peaks" and "24" actor Ray Wise confirmed that he'll appear in the currently shooting "X-Men" prequel. According to Wise, the well-established genre actor will begin shooting his role in "First Class" in just a few short weeks.

"I'm playing the Secretary of State of the United States," said Wise of his character. "I'll be going over [to the film's London set] in the next couple of weeks."

But even though his character is bogged down in politics, Wise expects that he's going to be involved in plenty of scenes with huge special effects and elaborate mutant powers. "Well, I think I touch on them," he confirmed. "Yeah, a bit."

Although Wise remained quiet on the specifics of his character, he was quite vocal about his support for the superhero movie's enormous and impressive cast and crew.

"I love Matthew," Wise said of his director. "And Bryan Singer's producing it and [it's got] a great cast — James McAvoy, January Jones, Oliver Platt."


Crew on X-Men: First Class

Directed by Matthew Vaughn
Produced by Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Gregory Goodman, Tarquin Pack
Screenplay by Jane Goldman, Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Jamie Moss
Story by Bryan Singer
Music by Henry Pryce Jackman
Cinematography Ben Seresin
Editing by Eddie Hamilton, Jon Harris

James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique and Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert.

James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique and Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert.

January Jones as Emma Frost, the White Queen

January Jones as Emma Frost in prequel X-Men: First Class.