Rumor Mill: Michael Fassbender to Play Villain in X-Men: First Class OR in Spider-Man Reboot
06.09.10 by BJSprecher
It seems that Michael Fassbender is destined to play comic book characters on the big screen. The German-born actor already has two comic book adaptations under his belt and a sizzling new rumor circulating on the internet has him pegged to play a villain in his choice of two of the biggest comic book movie franchises currently in development.
Fassbender's first foray into adapting a "four-color wonder" onto film came in 2006 when he played Stelios in 300, director Zack Snyder's adaptation of Frank Miller's bloody graphic novel of the same name. And, in less than two weeks, Fassbender can be seen on screen portraying Burke, one of the heavies in Jimmy Hayward's Jonah Hex, based on DC Comics' scarred anti-hero.
Now, Showbiz411 has claimed that Fassbender is being "pursued" to play a villain in one of two different movies based on Marvel Comics characters from two different studios. According to the report, Fassbender is wanted to play the young Eric Lensherr, aka Magneto, in Fox's latest installment in the X-Men franchise. In the original trilogy of X-Men movies, Magneto was portrayed by Sir Ian McKellen. However, the new movie, director Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class, will serve as a prequel to the trilogy, rebooting the franchise with a fresh young cast. So far, only James McAvoy (Wanted) has been signed on to the movie in the role of Professor Charles Xavier, aka Professor X, originally played by Sir Patrick Stewart. A recent rumor also has Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass) in talks with Vaughn to play James Marsden's character in the first three X-Men movies, Scott Summers, aka Cyclops.
In addition, Showbiz411 has Fassbender being offered the role of the villain in Sony's Spider-Man reboot under the direction of Marc Webb, who stepped in when Sam Raimi, who helmed the first three Spider-Man movies, parted ways with Sony over Spider-Man 4. As of now, no actors have been cast in the movie, though THR has claimed that "the list has narrowed" to five actors, with BleedingCool recently declaring Jamie Bell as Sony's top pick. No plot details have been released about the reboot, so there's no clue which villain Fassbender would be portraying should the rumor turn out to be true.
X-Men: First Class begins production in late summer in London for a June 3rd, 2011 release. Spider-Man 4 (working title) will start production later this year for a July 3rd, 2012 release.