‘Twilight’ Star Edi Gathegi Cast As Darwin In ‘X-Men: First Class’
Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 at 11:37 am
If you’re like me, you often stay awake at night, wondering if those wonderful Twilight Saga fans are also fans of the Uncanny X-Men. I haven’t come to a solid conclusion as of yet, but if there is a contingent of X-Men/Twilight fans, have I got new for you!
Edi Gathegi (Laurent in the Twilight films) has become the latest actor to join Matthew Vaughn‘s X-Men: First Class. Gathegi will be playing the young mutant, Darwin. As you X-fanatics know, Darwin’s mutant ability is to reactively evolve. This means he’s able to grow gills to breathe with while underwater, become fire retardant when exposed to flames, if he sees M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, he goes blind, saving him from viewing that it.
The Darwin character first appeared in X-Men: Deadly Genesis, a comic book arc that revealed the identity of the third Summers brother to be Vulcan. Darwin was a former friend of Vulcan’s, and ends up teaming with him as part of a rescue operation to save Cyclops and company from impending doom on Krakoa, the Living Island. The mission was a huge disaster and led to the team’s apparent demise, but Vulcan and Darwin manage to survive the incident.
For those not keeping track, the cast of X-Men: First Class already includes James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Alice Eve as Emma Frost, Caleb Landry Jones as Banshee, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Lucas Till as Havok, and Kevin Bacon as a still-unconfirmed villain.
Gathegi also delivered a stellar performance in director Ben Affleck’s Gone Baby Gone as a powerful gangster named Cheese.