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James McAvoy will stand at the head of 'X-Men: First Class'

May 27, 2010 |  4:49 pm

EXCLUSIVE: Fox is moving at superheroic speed to begin filling out the members of "X-Men: First Class"  -- starting with the man who leads the pack.

Mcavoy The studio is hiring James McAvoy to play the role of Charles Xavier, the professor who organizes the X-Men band of mutants into a group (and force for good). Patrick Stewart played Xavier in the original set of pictures, but of course as an origin story, many of the characters in "First Class" will skew younger. 

McAvoy, who's next up in the Robert Redford post-Civil War drama "The Conspirator," has played in films with superhero themes before, primarily as a lead character in the assassin picture "Wanted."

Matthew Vaughn is directing the new "X-Men," which is set to start shooting this summer. With McAvoy's casting, get ready for a new raft of mutants to follow not far behind him.

-- Steven Zeitchik


Photo: James McAvoy. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

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Wow. I'm positively surprised at this choice. Wouldn't have tought of him at first, but it's not bad at all.

anyone else have a bad feeling about this?

Bleh. I am so unexcited for this. Prequels, reboots and remakes galore... Hollywood really sucks these days.

Well I like HIM-- McAvoy a lot.
Not so sure about Matthew Vaughn--He directed the dreadful Kickk-ass

You may remenber the four proverbs:
A bad workman always blames his tools.
A contented mind is a perpetual feast.
A good beginning is half the battle.
A little pot is soon hot.


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