For a long while, She’s Out of My League star Alice Eve was expected to play Emma Frost in the movie adaptation of comic book series X-Men: First Class. As it turns out, that deal was never sealed with ink and now comes word that a new actress will be taking on the role.
Deadline reports that Mad Men beauty January Jones will instead be taking on the part of the White Queen in director Matthew Vaughn‘s movie. The two-time Golden Globe nominated actress has also appeared in movies like American Wedding, We Are Marshall, and Pirate Radio.
Some other smaller castings for the movie have also been revealed as well. The most notable of these is Zoe Kravitz, who is set to play a younger Angel. This is odd because Angel has always been a male character, played in X-Men: The Last Stand by Ben Foster.
Rounding out the smaller casting, Bill Milner has been brought on to play an even younger version of the young Magneto that Michael Fassbender will play for the majority of the film; and Morgan Lilly will play a young version of Raven.
Production on X-Men: First Class is set to begin in the coming days, with a few more roles still expected to be cast. All of the new actors join recent additions Oliver Platt as The Man in Black, Rose Byrne as mutant expert and Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) love interest Moira MacTaggert, and Kevin Bacon as a still-unknown villain.
UPDATE: Comic Book Movie has discovered that the reason for Alice Eve not getting the Emma Frost role was per her own request. Apparently some changes were made to the script (perhaps victim of Vaughn’s Inception-inspired changes?) that left her unhappy with the way things were going, and led her to request a departure from the project.