We haven’t seen a whole lot from X-Men: First Class so far, other than a few set images of January Jones as Emma Frost. In a new interview the actress talks about playing the telepath, and despite the movie being set in the 60s like Mad Men Jones agreed to take on the role because Frost is “so, so far away from Betty” and “doesn’t feel like a period movie”.
From Hero Complex:
“It’s a lot of very body-conscious stuff. If you look at the comic book, she’s barely dressed. She’s got quite the bod, which is very intimidating.” Jones flew to London to start shooting “X-Men: First Class” the day after [Mad Men] wrapped. “I didn’t want to go into a strict workout and eating regime. I would have disappeared entirely, and she’s very busty, very voluptuous, so I didn’t want to get rid of any of my curves.”
The workout-averse Jones lifted some weights for the role, but otherwise struck flattering poses and hoped for the best. She did have some advantages over the other actors when it came to costumes. “I don’t have to do all the crazy prosthetics,” Jones said. “When I morph into my diamond form, it’s all done on computer.”
“Emma was a bespectacled, mousy child who had this power when she was young that she couldn’t quite harness, the telepathy, the mind-twisting stuff,” Jones said. “She had a falling out with her father and went her own direction.” It wasn’t just learning Emma’s back-story that was important to Jones, but being able to reach hard-core fans. “Fans of the X-Men comics have a very set idea of these characters in their heads,” Jones said. “I wanted to know as much as I could about her so I wasn’t disappointing anyone. I’m sure I will still disappoint someone.”
Jones also said she is “riding around in helicopters, I’m in a boat one day, I’m in all these fight sequences, we’re all over the English countryside,” which means we can expect Emma Frost to be involved in a lot of the action. Hopefully we see some telepathic battles between Frost and Xavier also (director Matthew Vaughn had to cut one particular sequence because he thought it was too similar to Inception).
X-Men: First Class will focus on Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) as they work together with other mutants to stop the Hellfire Club, an international social club for wealthy elites who seek to influence world events to their own agenda. Kevin Bacon will play the leader, Sebastian Shaw, along with January Jones as Emma Frost.
20th Century Fox will likely be releasing something soon. We’ve seen something from just about every other summer blockbuster, so our first official look at X-Men: First Class shouldn’t be far off.