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James McAvoy: Professor X in 'X-Men First Class'!

James McAvoy: Professor X in 'X-Men First Class'!

James McAvoy has nabbed the role of a young Charles Xavier, aka Professor X, in X-Men: First Class, out June 3, 2011.

First Class will “chart the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were the closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.”

Helming the X-Men prequel will be Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Layer Cake). Bryan Singer, who directed the first two X-Men movies and conceived the story for First Class, is producing and will kick off production this summer in London.

FYI: Patrick Stewart played Professior X in the original X-Men trilogy.

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  • kaila

    YAY love him!

  • terry

    Mmm,mmm,mmm! James Mcavoy….Phew…fanning myself. He looks GOOOOOOODDD in those pictures!!

  • sigh

    That body. <3

  • just an opinion

    I love James. Great actor with a cute accent. Looking forward to it.

  • Rita

    GREAT casting. I haven’t agreed with many casting choices in many recent movies but this sounds great. Now who’ll play young Magneto? Better be someone as charismatic as McAvoy!

  • I n F a m o u s l y C o o l

    ..WOW! um.. wow! i like McAvoy but i didn’t know they were going to go THAT young with Professor X. wow..

  • Channy

    hmmm… its not cool without a whole bunch of different mutants so I’m not sure (id have to c a preview), and weren’t the two put into c.camps by nazis when they were both children?

  • Passing Through

    SCHWEEEEEEEEEETTTTTT!!! Good for him. He was crazy good in Wanted, so it’s good to see him venturing out into action movies again. Plus, he’s tres easy on the old peepers, too…

  • ewwn

    You can always spot a man from the British Isles…. forever pastie looking.

  • Emma B.

    Wow… I totally think he can do it!

  • Heather

    He’s yummy!

  • celia

    dayum!! thats my favorite picture of him. i love james but hes so young. i wonder how far back the new x men is going?

  • Lindsay Veejay

    He is the best

  • Donna

    Yum! Yes! More James!

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  • bjorkson

    Love him.