Marvel X-Men: First Class Casting Update

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Take your seats, True Believers, because things have continued to get more exciting for the cast of “X-Men: First Class.”

The film, set to debut June 3, 2011, will follow the formative years of the X-Men and the relationship between Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, a.k.a. Magneto.

Deadline Hollywood had news earlier this week that January Jones, the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actress who plays Betty Draper on AMC’s “Mad Men,” will play Emma Frost. Jones will undoubtedly bring a chilly air to the telepathic villainess-turned-X-Man also known as the White Queen!

Also reported was Rose Byrne, set to play Moira MacTaggert, Xavier’s longtime love interest in the X-Men comics. Byrne, who stars in the TV series “Damages” also seen in “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine” and “Knowing,” will undoubtedly make things interesting for the young Professor X, played by James McAvoy.

The demonic Azazel will be brought to the silver screen by British actor Jason Flemyng. Having previously worked with “First Class” director Matthew Vaughan on “Layer Cake,” “Stardust” and in a brief cameo in “Kick-Ass,” the two have clearly developed a rapport that will continue here!

Mystery surrounds Oliver Platt’s Man in Black-in fact, we can’t even tell if he’ll help or hurt our merry band of mutants! Given Platt’s stellar performances in “Frost/Nixon” and Showtime’s “Huff,” though, you can bet he’ll wow audiences no matter how malicious or heroic his character!

The young Zoe Kravitz joins the cast as Angel Salvadore, a character who first appeared in Grant Morrison’s run on NEW X-MEN. Kravitz may not have many credits to her name just yet, but she’s sure to make an impression on moviegoers and comics fans alike with her turn as this interesting mutant!

And on an even younger front, Bill Milner and Morgan Lily will portray Young Magneto and Young Raven, but as to just who the latter is we can’t say!

The latest cast members will join James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Caleb Landry Jones (Banshee), Edi Gathegi (Darwin), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Lucas Till (Alex Summers) and Kevin Bacon, who will play an as-yet-unrevealed villain that will menace the young mutants.

Keep your eyes on Marvel.com for the latest news on “X-Men: First Class” as we prepare for its release on June 3, 2011!

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