Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn has secured his spot in the director’s chair for the upcoming X-Men: First Class film, beating out the likes of David Slade, Louis Leterrier, Jonathan Mostow, Carl Erik Rinsch, and more. Now he’s found his young Professor Charles Xavier in Wanted star James McAvoy.
X-Men and X2 director Bryan Singer was originally intended to direct First Class, but had to settle for a producer title since he’ll be directing Jack the Giant Killer instead. There have been rumors of Singer casting both films at the same time, but now we have our first official casting announcement.
Heat Vision brings the plot summary from Fox:
[X-Men: First Class will] chart the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Eric Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were the closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.
X-Men: First Class is set for release on June 3rd, 2011. What are your thoughts about McAvoy taking over from Sir Patrick Stewart?