Speculation arose in May when James McAvoy, Aaron Johnson and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn were spotted having what looked like a meeting. Within a few weeks McAvoy was cast as Charles Xavier in the prequel, which then lead people to wonder whether Vaughn may also have a role for his Kick-Ass actor.
Over recent weeks Johnson had been on the short-list to play Spider-Man, however with the casting of Andrew Garfield last week Johnson may have now committed to X-Men: First Class. From an AICN tipster:
I work in the [REDACTED] and we heard today that Matthew Vaughn found his young Cyclops and it shouldn’t be any surprise because he worked with him before. It’s Aaron Johnson. This is one hundred percent locked at this point. Thought you guys should know.
If this is officially confirmed in the near future that just leaves Jean and Storm to be cast, and whoever else they may be adding.
Earlier this week it was reported that Benjamin Walker, who had been cast as Beast, has left the project to focus on his Broadway show Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. According to Showbiz411 20th Century Fox were concerned about his age as Beast is supposed to be younger than Xavier and Magneto (McAvoy and Michael Fassbender) so they may be announcing a new Hank McCoy soon.