Geoff Boucher got to ramble around the X-MEN: FIRST CLASS set yesterday, and hear about Matthew Vaughn’s anxiety about getting it finished, and James McAvoy’s take on playing Prof. X and so on.
“We’re filming at the moment, we’ve a lot to get done,” said a weary Vaughn, whose credits include memorable but modest-grossing indie fare like “Kick-Ass” and “Layer Cake.” “I’ve never worked under such time pressure. The good thing about the independent world is I never even knew if I was going to get distribution. I’m used to finishing a film and then crossing your fingers that someone is going to like it. This is totally doing it the other way around. We’ve definitely got a release date and we’ve got to make it.”
And some overview from producer Bryan Singer, who directed the first two X-Men films:
The plot of this film is still under wraps, but it presents a world where superpowered mutants are living in secret and don’t face the public scrutiny and prejudice that are central themes in the earlier films, which are primarily set in the modern day. The friendship of future foes Xavier and Lehnsherr is the heart of the film — Singer says the two have a common cause and different approaches and he even used the life trajectories of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X as a sort of shorthand for their veering paths. Despite rumors to the contrary, Vaughn said the movie will be the first X-Men film without the most famous face of the franchise, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, and key characters such as Cyclops, Storm and Jean Grey give way to new screen arrivals such as Emma Frost (January Jones), Azazel (Jason Flemyng), Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) and Havok (Lucas Till).
And there are PICTURES, which unlike yesterday’s leak, are officially sanctioned.
Here’s the whole cast, looking particularly…not like they are from the 60s.
Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw and January Jones as Emma Frost.
McAvoy as young Xavier and Eric Fassbender as young Magneto.
These stills definitely look like a Marvel movie, although there are no white wifebeaters in sight. Will there be a scene including that “duh-duh, duh-duh, duh-duh” urgent music that accompanies all lab scenes? Maybe it will be Dr. Moira MacTaggert this time? Did we mention January Jones?