'X-Men: First Class': Matthew Vaughn fills his cast with up-and-comers

Casting rumors on X-Men: First Class have been out of control. So let’s sort out what’s true and what’s not. For the record, Fox — the studio behind the movie — isn’t confirming any of the chatter. Our sources, however, tell us that About a Boy’s Nicholas Hoult (pictured, left), who recently appeared in Clash of the Titans and A Single Man, will play Beast in the film, which also stars James McAvoy as Xavier and Michael Fassbender as Magneto. Caleb Landry Jones — who will appear in The Last Exorcism in August, and The Social Network in October — will take on the role of Banshee. The third name you can add to the list is Lucas Till (pictured, right), the actor who played Miley Cyrus’ beau in Hannah Montana: The Movie. He is in negotiations to play the role of Havok. Still, my sources tell me to keep in mind that these parts may not be the actual characters in the movie. Instead, this could be part of a misdirection campaign to keep some surprises from X-Men fans.

And in terms of what’s not true: Aaron Johnson is not appearing in X-Men: First Class. The British star of Kick-Ass may have been photographed leaving a building with Vaughn and McAvoy, but he will not be playing any type of superhero, or any other part for that matter, in the new film. Same goes for Taylor Lautner, who can’t fit another film into his busy schedule. The teen star, better known as Jacob Black, is currently shooting Abduction with John Singleton, and will begin filming Breaking Dawn, the final Twilight chapter, in the fall.

Filming on X-Men: First Class is set to begin this summer in London. It will open next June.

Image Credit: Samir Hussein/Getty Images; Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

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  • Chelsea

    WOW! I already heard the James Mcvoy as Professor X news (which I love) but Michael Fassbender is playing Magneto!? AWESOME!

    • Chelsea


  • Strepsi

    BIGGEST WINNER: Lucas Till, hoping no longer to be known as “the actor who played Miley Cyrus’ beau in Hannah Montana: The Movie.”

    • FLGrl

      For real

  • Hannah

    People seriously thought Lautner would be in this? Really? OK.

    • Shaun

      Entertainment Tonight did actually announce last night that Lautner would be playing the role of Beast.

      • @Shaun

        Consider the source. ET’s little better than a gossip rag these days. And yes, Lautner coming anywhere near this is ridiculous.

  • *sigh*

    Well, they certainly did a nice job of screwing Ben Walker. First, they offer him the role of Beast, which he accepted to then say, uh…. we changed our mind. We don’t want you anymore. Gotta love movies.

    • Bobby’s Robot

      Hopefully he’ll still be able to star in “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” when it comes to Broadway.

  • jacky

    Hey Nicole,

    What about Amber Heard as Mystique, Alice Eve as White Queen and Rosamund Pike as Moira McTaggart?


    • Kris

      Yes, I really want to know about Alice Eve. She’d be perfect and I’m really hoping she gets it.

    • lefty

      Amber Heard gets all of the roles I would love.

    • Celia

      Rachel Hurd-Wood as Jean Grey is a must.

  • Gee

    Something completely off topic: The guy in the left pic is the boy from “About a boy”?!?!? Whoa!!!! Age really becomes him!!! Is he officially old enough to lust after him?? :-)

    • mo

      Watch “A Single Man”. Nicholas Hoult is ridiculously gorgeous.

      • Kris

        watch Skins, way better then A Single Man

    • L

      Oh yes, he is very much of age now. Watch ‘Skins’. His character is an a s s h o l e in it but you get to ogle him the whole time.

    • Nick T

      Loved Skins!!!

      • Dwight Schrute

        Have to agree with Skins. I just finished watching the first two seasons on Netflix last night. Glad someone told me about the show.

    • FLGrl

      Yeah, I thought he was an ugly child in “About a Boy,” but he has grown up well.

    • llevinso

      I didn’t recognize him at all in A Single Man. But unfortunately I thought he was horrible in that movie (sad because otherwise I thought it was a great film). I don’t know what happened because as a kid I thought Hoult was wonderful in About a Boy!

      • mo

        I wasn’t really concentrating on his acting.

      • @mo

        Agreed. A friend and I kept checking with each other during that movie, “Is his skin really that porcelain?” I don’t normally get all googley-eyed over actors, not to like a Twilight extent, but I seriously could not believe how gorgeous the kid from About a Boy had become! Holy smokes!

    • Gabby

      I LOVE Nicholas Hoult. He’s such a great young actor. Loved him as Tony on Skins. He was amazing in A Single Man.

  • Vanessa

    I am so excited about this! As a fan of the comics, I would absolutely love it if the movies finally included Havok!

    This movie sounds great, I can only hope it turns out that way.

  • Jillybean

    Aaron Johnson IS confirmed as the role of Cyclops per Aaron Johnson himself online.

    • Gabby

      He’s in this too?!! OMG! X-Men is going to have the hottest cast on the planet!
      I wonder when they’re going to start casting the female roles?

  • dee123

    There is also the matter THAT TAYLOR LAUTNER CAN’T ACT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Karl

      Finally! Someone who speaks the truth!

    • Kris

      Can any of those Twi-Tards act?

      • Anna

        Even by Twi-Tard standards, Taylor Lautner is a godawful actor.

  • Jean Guy Levesque

    Lucas Till must be the most embarrasssed actor in the world, having to be ugly MILEY HORSEFACE’s boyfriend. Gross. Vive la Quebec!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • D

    This cast is getting sexier, ngl.

  • Fatima

    Are there any females in this movie? I know there are some. Is Jubilee going to be a character?

    • Kelsey

      Emma Frost, Moira McTaggert and I imagine Jean Grey will be in it. I’m sure there will be at least one or two more.
      Jubilee wouldn’t be in it, she’s too young for the story’s time line.

      • Fatima

        Thanks! My comic book knowledge is thin at best. I thought maybe it was about the younger mutants, but now I should have realized by the casting of James McAvoy as X that it’s a flashback.

      • Gabby

        Is Storm not in it?

  • se

    I love Havok. I hope this is true!

  • Drigh13

    If they put Taylor Lautner in X-Men First Class… I will boycott it. He seems like a cool guy, but calling his acting ability lacking is generous. And how can they pull off Havok in “First Class”? He’s Scott Summers little brother! I really hope they don’t screw with the history that badly. There are plenty of mutants that were actually around in the comic back then.

  • Chelsea

    Is Jean Grey going to be in this film too? She must if Cyclops and Beast are. Emma Roberts might fit. Or even better, Emma Stone.

    • Anna

      Camilla Belle. Dye her hair red. Girl is beautiful and can actually act (“The Ballad of Jack and Rose” with Daniel Day Lewis), even if she’s unfortunately best known for dating that Jonas dweeb. Emma Stone is a good actress but she seems too…quirky,maybe? to play Jean Grey.

      • Fatima

        That’s a fantastic suggestion! Can see it in a heartbeat.

      • Chelsea

        Didn’t think of Camilla! You’re right, great choice.

      • Celia

        Camilla Belle??? I don’t see it at all. Jean Grey is not Asian.
        Emma Stone and Emma Roberts are both wrong too.
        I would love to see someone like Bonnie Wright or Rachel Hurd-Wood would be PERFECT!!

      • James

        I like Celia’s suggestions. Bonnie might look a little too young, but I do agree they need to stick with an actual redhead. I like the idea of Rachel Hurd-Wood, too.

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