‘X-Men: First Class’ Finds its Charles Xavier in James McAvoy
James McAvoy may not want to become to attached to his (sometimes) flowing locks. According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog, Fox has tapped the 31 year-old Scotsman to play Charles Xavier in Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class.”
The last time McAvoy took a comic role was in 2007’s “Wanted,” where he played the trigger-happy assassin Wesley Gibson. “First Class” will take him in a decidedly different direction, replacing guns with psychic powers and plopping him alongside a young Erik Lensherr in their pre-Professor X and Magneto days.
“First Class” will reportedly pit Xavier and Lensherr’s ragtag team of mutants (old and new, alike) against a mondo threat, which results in a rift between the two that catalyzes the future of the X-franchise. Fox is keeping mum on whether McAvoy will be shedding his mane for the fast-tracked film, but its June 3, 2011, release date means fans will know sooner rather than later.[Via Heat Vision]