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Also joining the team is up-and-comer Jennifer Lawrence who received raves earlier this year for her leading role in the Sundance smash Winter’s Bone. The 19-year old actress will play Mystique, the role originated by Rebecca Romijn in the X-Men trilogy. The Hollywood Reporter first reported this news today.
Twentieth Century Fox declined to comment on either casting addition. Filming is set to begin this summer in London.ETA: Variety is reporting it too now.
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X-Men producer and writer Bryan Singer cleared up some X-Men: First Class rumors for us at the unlikeliest of places—a church in Hollywood, where he was a guest speaker on Sunday. After the hourlong talk, Singer talked to us about the casting—which he is in the middle of doing at the moment. Kevin Bacon is in; Taylor Lautner is out, for now; Meagan Good is uncertain.
"I wanted Taylor [Lautner] to do it, I really did," Singer said in an exclusive interview. "He's doing a movie in Pittsburgh called Abduction, and then he's got the next Twilight movie. We talked about it a lot—he is a friend—and I really wanted to make it work. It just doesn't look like it's possible to do it."
So, who is in it? Singer confirmed the latest Kevin Bacon rumor (as a villain). "Kevin Bacon, I do believe, is going to happen," Singer said even before the deal is inked for sure.
"James McAvoy is definitely cast as a young Charles Xavier, Mike Fassbender is in the movie, Nick Hoult, those are for sure," Singer confirmed.
"When I got to London four weeks ago, there was only one actor cast for sure, and that was really scary," Singer said. "I looked at this big board with all the characters and there was only one person cast, McAvoy, and yeah, that was really, really scary."
But the next part of the process, casting the younger superhero mutants in this prequel movie, is "the fun part."
Singer also squashed another rumor that he is set to direct Wolverine 2. "It's not what I'm going to do right now. The next project for me next year, in London, is Jack the Giant Killer. That is set in the 1300s, and it's very fun. It will be a big movie."
Singer, who described himself as "an agnostic who prays" and was brought up in a Jewish household, spoke at the church with X-Men producers Ralph Winter and David Gorder. Hollywood United Methodist Church is in the heart of Hollywood and is notable because of the big red AIDS ribbon on its tower. It sponsors a summer series of sermons, called "Crossflix," that features films and the actors and filmmakers involved in them. This year's list includes many genre-related films, including The Invention of Lying, Up and Avatar.
Singer explained to the 50 people in the church (where SF classics like Back to the Future and the original War of the Worlds were filmed) that "the X-Men series was about people who feel disenfranchised and separate from the rest of the world, and that is what Stan Lee meant when he created the characters. Lee, who is Jewish, told me it was about persecution, and he also created it during the time of the civil rights movement."
Singer also thought that his Superman Returns was a bit Christ-like. "He was a powerful being in human form, with all the frailties and temptations," Singer said.http://blastr.com/2010/07/bryan-singer-talks-to-us-about-those-taylor-lautner-x-men-rumors.php
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IGN had an opportunity to speak with director Matthew Vaughn about this week's DVD and Blu-ray release of Kick-Ass, but of course we couldn't resist getting in some questions about his next project, X-Men: First Class. Vaughn, speaking on the phone from Pinewood Studios in London, where he's in pre-production on the film, said that he hopes to follow the model of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot, paying homage to the original source material, while taking it in a new direction with a fresh, young cast. "Obviously [Abrams] couldn't make everyone happy with that one, but he did a pretty good job," Vaughn said. "He made a fantastically exciting reinvention of that world, with those great characters. And I think there will be comparisons a little bit with X-Men: First Class. It's very similar, in a way. But we're doing some cool stuff in this movie, some really cool stuff that you haven't seen before." While Vaughn was guarded about revealing any details of the story, as conceived by former X-Men director Bryan Singer, it does sound as though it might play a bit with the canon timeline, just as Star Trek did. "The story that Bryan Singer came up with is very, very smart," Vaughn said. "It's very clever when you see how he has integrated the characters into the time period where the film is set. I'll put it that way. I just don't want to give it away. ... It's a very clever way of getting these characters involved in recent history, in recent world events." Vaughn wouldn't go so far as to say that the story is completely original and not based on the comics, but he doesn't worry about criticism from die-hard fans about the faithfulness of the adaptation. "There's always that risk, but I think that when they see the film they will be very excited about the direction that we've chosen." The director also talked about the preparation the cast members are doing to get ready for filming, which begins later this month. "The quality of the actors that we've got in these roles is truly world class," Vaughn said. "James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are really working well together. We're about to start a rehearsal period before the shoot and they are coming up with some great ideas. They really care very deeply about their characters and how they interact in the film. And the younger cast members as well, the other mutants, they're really incredibly talented. And it's going to be a pleasure to work with them. It really is. They're all very, very committed as well. They're training every day for several hours. Literally, right now they're training with the stunt teams and they're all taking their diets very seriously and exercising a lot and working very, very hard. It's very exciting to see it come together."
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Hollywood could be getting a sexy new action-hero in the shape of Girls Aloud beauty Sarah Harding.
Word reaches me that Sarah has been for two auditions for the next X-Men film and is waiting to hear if she has bagged the role as a femme fatale baddie.
Yep, you heard me right. Sarah could be heading over to LA to star in a film that will no doubt propel her to international stardom.
My source reveals: "The makers of the films like her attitude and think she could be a great addition to the cast.
"They were very impressed with her in the second St Trinians movie and are testing her out to see if she can make the grade for an action flick like X-Men.
"Everybody's keeping their fingers crossed she gets it."
If Sarah were to clinch the role on X-Men: First Class she would be working alongside a more than impressive British line-up. James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Rosamund Pike, Alice Eve and Michael Fassbender are already cast in the film, set for release next summer....http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/showbiz-dean-piper/2010/08/sarole-harding-guess-whos-up-f.html
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