James McAvoy was the first cast member hired for Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class back in May. The actor was chosen to play Charles Xavier, portrayed by Patrick Stewart in the trilogy, but he has somehow managed to avoid being interviewed about the role until today.
Producer Bryan Singer previously mentioned that Xavier will have a full head of hair and full walking capabilities, but during the movie we will see how he became wheelchair bound and he may lose a few hairs along the way. McAvoy spoke to MTV about these two key issues, and hinted we may see him look more like Stewart’s Xavier in future movies.
“I think the fun about these films, when you go back and you either reboot or do a prequel, is you get to see how people became who they are,” he continued. “That means that you have to do them differently and by the end of the movie you have to do them the same way. The interesting journey is what happens to them, what changes them, what makes them evolve — not just mutate, but emotionally and psychologically evolve.”
“They wanted me to have hair,” he said. “They didn’t want me to go bald and I walk as well.”
Apparently, however, “First Class” will tell the story of how Xavier lost the ability to walk. The film will also go a long way toward explaining how the shaggy-haired Xavier became the stern-faced Professor X.
“I would suggest by the end of the movie and the start of the next movie, it’ll be more like what Patrick does,” said McAvoy, adding, “Or maybe not. Maybe it will still be in a period of flux, if there is a new movie.”
20th Century Fox has a new trilogy in mind so if X-Men: First Class does well at the box office (like all X-Men films so far) there will most likely be a new movie. The fact that Cyclops, Jean and Storm aren’t in First Class leaves a clear gap for their inclusion in future films.
X-Men: First Class has been filming for around 3 weeks now, and while we have yet to get anything official, we should be getting something soon. Possibly our first look at McAvoy as Xavier and Michael Fassbender as Magneto.