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‘Inglourious Basterd’ Michael Fassbender To Play Magneto In ‘X-Men: First Class’
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Not too long after finding out that Wanted and Atonement star James McAvoy would be taking on the younger version of Patrick Stewart’s Professor Xavier role in X-Men: First Class, words came around that Michael Fassbender might just be playing Magneto.

The delay with that casting was that the actor had to choose between Magneto — played so very well by Ian McKellen in Bryan Singer’s X-Men and X2: X-Men United — and playing one of the villains in Sony’s reboot of the Spider-Man franchise. It’s unknown which villain he might of played, but many suspect it would have been the Lizard.

According to reports, Fassbender appears to have chosen to side with X-Men. The actor has entered into negotiations to play the role, which will see him becoming the younger Magneto when he was very close with McAvoy’s Professor X character. The story will revolve around this aspect of their relationship, when their views pushed them apart, and Xavier’s development of his school for gifted mutants.

Fassbender isn’t exactly the most familiar actor to all fans yet, but he will be soon enough. He was something of the comic relief in Zack Snyder’s 300, and played a special British agent in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. Next up, he can be seen in Neil Marshall’s historical epic, Centurion.

This casting comes hot on the heels of Benjamin Walker being cast in one of the smaller supporting mutant role, Beast.

X-Men: First Class will be directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) and aims to begin filming in London by August.

[Source: Heat Vision]

5 Comments »

  1. Wow, you really thought they did a good job casting Ian McKellen to play Magneto?! I mean he is a good actor and all. But I have never ever seen Magneto in any comic ever look like some withered old man. Magneto was always tall and ripped. He looked like Rick Flair back in the day.

    Comment by JV — June 18, 2010 @ 2:03 pm

  2. Wooooooo!

    Comment by iseeyoupenguin — June 18, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

  3. @JV

    I’m going strictly by movie presence.

    I can understand if a comic faithful wasn’t happy with it, but for me who has never read one before, there’s no way McKellen is bad.

    Comment by The Movie God — June 18, 2010 @ 5:53 pm

  4. Oh this is awesome!!

    Comment by Erin — June 18, 2010 @ 6:12 pm

  5. Fassbender is perfect!!

    Comment by Jerry — June 18, 2010 @ 7:05 pm

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