While we were out of town, many comic book movie casting decisions were announced, and since it’s beach season, here’s a great chance to post some awesome swimsuit photos!
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS has a very crowded cast, and director Matthew Vaughn added a few more faces in the past week or so.
January Jones, best known as put-upon Betty Draper, will play the White Queen Emma Frost! The very lovely Jones doesn’t do tons of cheesecake but this British GQ shoot suggests she can wear a corset. But is it Greg Horn worthy?
Frequent “Hey it’s that guy!” Oliver Platt will play a character called The Man in Black. Sounds pretty villainous. We don’t really want to see the highly regarded Mr. Platt in a swimsuit, but he was dashing as Porthos in one of those Musketeer remakes back in the day.
Australian Rose Byrne (Damages) will play Moira MacTaggert, meaning she will wear a lab coat and push glasses up on her head to look serious as she peers into microscopes to check on mutated DNA. A Scottish scientist specializing in genetic mutations. Couldn’t find any swimsuit pictures for Byrne, but she co-starred with Brad Pitt’s stunt butt in TROY.
Here’s another “Hey it’s that guy!” Jason Flemyng is a Vaughn regular who has also appeared in LAYER CAKE, STARDUST and KICK-ASS, and of course played Mr. Hyde in THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN. Many of the participants in that film wish they had another identity to fall back on.
Finally, Karl Urban has been confirmed for a remake of JUDGE DREDD that Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich are making. Peter Travis will direct in South Africa, and the District 9 crew helps out. The seminal Brit comics hero, Dredd was previously, and unsatisfactorily, played by Sylvester Stallone. This version will stay true to the violent, unrelenting John Wagner original — Wagner is consulting on the film — and Urban will keep his helmet on for the film. Which is sad because he’s sooooooo pretty.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.