Though British actress Rosamund Pike was rumored last week to play Emma Frost (aka The White Queen) in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, Production Weekly now says 20th Century Fox has a “strong interest” for her to play Dr. Moira MacTaggert in the film. Hit the jump to find out how their “interest” extends to actress Amber Heard.
Fox has Heard (Alpha Dogs, the upcoming Drive Angry) in mind for the role of a young Mystique, taking over the role from Rebecca Romijn.
I’m sure you’re all familiar with Mystique, but Moira MacTaggert is a little less of a celebrity within the X-Men world. In the Ultimates universe, she is actually Xavier’s ex-wife; in all incarnations of the comics, she is an award-winning geneticist responsible for co-founding Xavier’s Institute for Gifted Youngsters. Check out Marvel’s biography of the character here.
We already know that James McAvoy has been cast as Charles Xavier, and Filmonic set the internet on fire with our prediction that Aaron “Kick-Ass” Johnson could play Cyclops in the film based on a meeting between the two actors and director Matthew Vaughn. There was also some talk of Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) possibly playing Magneto, but Prod. Weekly says* Fassbender is not interested in testing for the part. Shame – I think he would have done a great job. Perhaps that means he will end up playing the villain in Marc Webb’s Spider-Man reboot instead.
What do you think about Rosamund Pike and Amber Heard as possible additions to Vaughn’s X-Men universe?
*Production Weekly is a paid publication to which I do not subscribe, so I’m taking the very reliable folks at The Playlist at their word that all of these facts are true.