James McAvoy to Star in X-Men: First Class

Posted May 27, 2010 10:25 pm by Tirian

From Borys Kit at The Hollywood Reporter: James McAvoy has signed on to play a young Charles Xavier, aka Professor X, in “X-Men: First Class,” which Matthew Vaughn is directing for Fox. According to Fox, “First Class” will “chart the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Eric 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.” James McAvoy played Mr. Tumnus the faun in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Thanks to all who sent this in.

25 Comments For This Story

  • QueenLucy12 says:

    YAY! First time to be the first one to comment!! AWESOME! I am so Happy for him!!! 😀

  • Last King of Narnia says:

    WOW! I never expected this but I know he will do well. He is an awesome performer and as a fellow actor I envy him. More power to him!
    ~Further up and Further in~

    • Aslan's Meadow says:

      Last King of Narnia, are you a pro. actor, a "broadway actor" or act in hometown plays?

      • Omac the centaur says:

        Haha that means im an actor 2! only no1 ever sees mine. 😛 and they dont make any since. random. kindof like balloon shop, ever seen them? they are our inspiration. 🙂

      • chirpingbird says:

        Yes, what kind if actor are you? Just curious. 🙂

      • Omac the centaur says:

        Im not. i just like making movies. short 2 minute 1s. 😛

      • Last King of Narnia says:

        Yes I’m a professional actor with an agent. I work mainly in Dallas with plays and musicals but on occasion I jaunt up to NY for Broadway and/or Off-Broadway auditions as well as LA for film work but I havn’t been very succesful in LA.

  • Sir Jack says:

    I really think he is a really talented actor. I hope he’ll get more and more poppular!

  • Movie Aristotle says:

    Wow. McAvoy playing Xavier played by Stewart? Interesting…

  • Omac the centaur says:

    cool he looks like he shall do well at that. even tho i havnt seen it.

  • Lady of Narnia says:

    This is so cool!

  • pselpevensie says:

    so cool! will have to go see that!

  • chirpingbird says:

    Cool! I saw about half a minute of one of his other projects besides LWW. (The one where he was nominated for best kiss, and no, the part I watched wasn’t the kiss.) So I can’t say I know he’s an great actor until I’ve seen him play someone other than Tumnus. But still, I wish him the best of luck!

  • hyaline12 says:

    He’s an… interesting choice for Charles Xavier. I never would have picked him for the role, but I hope he can pull it off!

  • Haggith Tarkheena says:

    Oh, Professor X’s the good guy right? He’s not the guy who played Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings? Ok. Good.
    Yay! I like X-Men! Is it going to be the same director who did X-Men Origins: Wolverine? And the same composer? Harry Gregson-Williams? Who also did the firt two Narnia movies? I hope so! I don’t suppose Wolverine will be in the movie. . .darn. Will it be in theaters soon? I’m so sorry for all my questions! 🙂

  • HighQueenofNarnia says:

    Well, I’m fairly sure that he’ll pull it off, but I wouldn’t really be able to tell. I’m somewhat of a movie recluse and don’t really come out of my shell to watch movies very often. Unless, of course, it’s NARNIA!!!! Or a good family movie. But anyway, enough about my movie habits. I don’t know a lot about Prof. X or whoever it is, but I’m sure James will be great portraying him.

  • Mangolite says:

    James McAvoy had been in other movies and he’s a fine actor. I have seen him in WANTED with Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman. I wanted to see LAST KING OF SCOTLAND with Forest Whitaker (another underrated great actor) and ATONEMENT with Keira Knightley.

  • Bookwyrm says:

    Interesting, net rumors had suggested this movie would be about the X-Men team members as teenagers. I guess they combined that idea with the Magneto prequel idea. I doubt Wolverine will factor into this movie, going by comic book history and it wouldn’t really fit with what we’ve seen in the movies.

  • Estas says:

    i’m very very very very dissapointed. in my opinion patrick stewart is the only person i can see playing prof x. he actually looks the part. i kinda wish they’d do a sequel instead of a prequel. shouldn’t jean grey have been revived by the pheonix entity and return to normal like in the original cartoon and comics series it was close to. and after the credits in the third film you here the prof talking even though he should have been dead.

  • Bookwyrm says:

    Yeah, but there is no Phoenix Force in the movie. They had the Phoenix just be Jean’s crazed alternate personality, an epic fail on the moviemakers’ part, imo.

  • Savber100 says:

    Wow, when they say "young" Professor X, they really mean young. >.>

  • Casue says:

    OMG he has hair.

  • tolkienlewisfan says:

    WTF?????