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X-Men: First Class Finds More Mutants
Beast and Banshee are locked in

08 July 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Matthew Vaughn is continuing to lock in young mutant characters for X-Men: First Class as he steers the film towards a shoot that kicks off next month. The latest additions to the cast? Skins’ Nicholas Hoult as Beast and No Country for Old Men’s Caleb Landry Jones as Banshee.

While Flags of our Fathers actor Benjamin Walker had been in line to play Hank McCoy, AKA Beast, the talks fell apart when Fox apparently became worried about his age relative to James McAvoy’s Professor X and Michael Fassbender’s Magneto. After confirming him, then dropping him, then trying to win him back, Walker decided he’d had enough. Enter Nicholas Hoult, most recently seen in Clash of the Titans and A Single Man. While his role in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road previously meant he couldn’t work on First Class, a delay in the filming schedule for Max has seen his schedule open up.

Jones, meanwhile, is not quite as well known, but has had roles in The Longshots and The Last Exorcism, as well as a solid turn on TV’s Friday Night Lights. He’ll be playing Sean Cassidy, AKA Banshee, the mutant with the sonic scream and flight capabilities. Not sure how his casting will go down with the faithful, though – Cassidy in the comics is Irish. So unless Jones is cranking out the accent, we’re guessing the character will be a little more generic.

Oh, and there’s news that must remain cloaked in rumour clothing until the official announcement, but AICN has a source that says Aaron Johnson is now playing Scott Summers, AKA Cyclops. While he’s not confirmed just yet, it would seem like a no-brainer since he’s worked with Vaughn before (Kick-Ass, anyone?) and has been seen palling around with McAvoy and Vaughn recently.

As well as McAvoy and Fassbender, Alice Eve recently joined the cast to play the sexy Emma Frost and Amber Heard is still being rumoured as Mystique.

Update: Entertainment Weekly is now saying that Johnson's rumoured casting is just that and he's not part of the X-team in any capacity. At least, not yet. And the magazine is pointing towards Hannah Montana: The Movie's Lucas Till as Havok, with the proviso that several of the characters could be misleads to hide "surprises" from fans of the comics. We'll have to wait and see if they're right on that one.

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RE: Well at least we have BACON!
correct, is this not supposed to be a film reflective of Eric and Charles meeting and their subsequent breakdown in friendship and thus their formation of School for the original X-men and the brotherhood.t="trebuchet ms"] why are we having non-orignal X-men involved, the original line up when devised wast="trebuchet ms"] /font] t="trebuchet ms"]Marvel Girl (Jean Grey)t="trebuchet ms"]Angel t="trebuchet ms"]Ice Mant="trebuchet ms"] earth (aside from cramming in as many characters as possi More

Posted by JIm R at 16:56 on 15 July 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Well at least we have BACON!
It would not surprise me one bit if this was a complete reboot set nowadays. Don't hold too much hope of studios being sensible. More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 15:53 on 15 July 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Well at least we have BACON!
Sorry but NO WAY! should holt be The Beast even before he became the loverble blue bundle of fun he is now he was huge maybe not in height but looked like a rugby front row he'd be better off as Cyclops. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 15:23 on 15 July 2010 | Report This Post

Well at least we have BACON!
Kev as a bad guy...Mr Sinister maybe....? More

Posted by Barneyross1 at 22:01 on 09 July 2010 | Report This Post

Of course Hoult can play Beast!! he quite clearly has the acting chops and can be as articulate as Beast. as for him being too skinny that what make up and prosthetics is for... take Kelset Grammer, Vinnie Jones or (sorry) Jason Fleming in LXG. i thinks its inspired casting, what a fantastic british line up! this could really be a great film especialy with Vaughn at the helm. McAvoy and Fassbender should do Stewart and Mckellin proud More

Posted by Rossi87 at 19:21 on 09 July 2010 | Report This Post


Posted by Rossi87 at 19:16 on 09 July 2010 | Report This Post

Fox are obviously aiming for the Twihard crowd with all this tween eye candy mentioned in the casting...... Faugh!!!! The right actors for the right parts please!!!! I don't just want to watch a bunch of pre pubescent catalogue models running around in spandex for two hours.... More

Posted by ROTGUT at 18:00 on 09 July 2010 | Report This Post

bulk him up and dye him blonde again and Nic Hoult would be a great future Captain Britain. Heard it here first! :D More

Posted by mighty mick at 16:18 on 09 July 2010 | Report This Post

RE: X-Men: First Class Finds More Mutants
Im guessing the film will be set in the 70s or around that time frame due to fassbander and mccavoys appearance. I hope they can capitalise on this and make it feel like it is supposed to be in the past- i think it would have more originality in some way, and for me would make it a bit more interesting. More

Posted by kumar at 11:40 on 09 July 2010 | Report This Post

Nicolas Hoult ain't no Beast...
....but build him up and he'll be a brilliant Superman......heard it here first! More

Posted by Barneyross1 at 10:26 on 09 July 2010 | Report This Post

I liked him in 'About A Boy' but I was hoping he'd improve his acting by the time he started acting in 'Skins'. Sadly not. Wooden is too kind a word... More

Posted by Dave Oz at 10:01 on 09 July 2010 | Report This Post

Hoult is Beast!?
Now I like Nicolas Hoult but he's way too tall and skinny to play beast (agreed jimoakley666) who is after all a short stocky figure with gorrilla like manersims. More

Posted by bronco3114 at 07:07 on 09 July 2010 | Report This Post

Banshee Mea Culpa
Yes, yes... Irish indeed. Brain freeze. Fixed. More

Posted by JamWhite at 05:27 on 09 July 2010 | Report This Post

RE: this is sounding more and more 4ucked
Didn't Beast's mutation get more extreme over time? So if this film is set quite a lot earlier then perhaps Hoult COULD work in the role...maybe...? I'm just tired of Aaron Johnson's name being attached to this. I really REALLY hope he doesn't sign up for this film. It's way too soon after Kick-Ass for my liking, he needs to step away from the Matthew Vaughn comic adaptations & do something else for a while. More

Posted by jonny_menomic at 02:49 on 09 July 2010 | Report This Post

this is sounding more and more 4ucked
Everytime I read something new abut the Marvel movies, I get more and more disappointed. Specifically about the rebooted Spiderman and XMen franchises. What is it with trying to "beautify" all the mutants into good looking teen idols?? Beast is supposed to be a stocky, weird looking dude- whats with getting the Skins pretty boy? Ditto for teh new Peter Parker... looks totally wrong. This sad trend started when they got pretty boy Jackman for Wolverine. That last Wolverine Movie w More

Posted by knave at 01:24 on 09 July 2010 | Report This Post

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO. Banshee needs to be Irish (he named himself after an Irish folk tale, duh!) and Hoult is way too skinny (and odd looking) to paly Beast. He's supposed to be a big burly hairy bloke, even as a teenager. Like I was, ha ha ha. Where as about a boy looks more like Toad. More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 23:49 on 08 July 2010 | Report This Post

Banshee was irish you muppets, do your research! More

Posted by genejoke at 23:42 on 08 July 2010 | Report This Post

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