Nicholas Hoult was chosen by Matthew Vaughn to play a young version of Beast in X-Men: First Class a few weeks ago, and in a recent interview the actor spoke about getting into shape for the role and reading the comics in preparation for filming next month.
From Get Reading:
“I’ve just started training for it and getting into physical shape for the character as there’s quite a bit of action. It’s just about getting prepared as much as I can in the very short time I have before we start filming.”
“I’m very excited. I am a big fan of the X-Men films and have been reading a lot of the comics. It’s a fascinating world with so many interesting characters when you get your head into it. The films are really well put together and it’s great to be a part of them. A lot of my friends are also fans and massively looking forward to it.”
The site also mentions that “A photographer from 20th Century Fox visited The University of Reading on July 16 and spent half an hour taking pictures of older buildings on the Whiteknights campus. The snapper was looking for inspiration and possible locations and was keen to grab plenty of pictures around the university’s 60s architecture to fit in with the era of the new movie.”
Does this mean X-Men: First Class will take place in the 60s? As the film will focus on young Xavier and Magneto the film could start there and then jump ahead 5-10 years where we see them recruiting Beast, Cyclops and Jean etc. Each film in the trilogy took place over the course of a few days, but I get the feeling First Class will span a greater length of time as we discover how the X-Men came to be.