New Cast Members Added to X-Men: First Class, No Lautner
07.08.10 by Ryan
Since Matthew Vaughn joined the production of X-Men: First Class, casting rumors have continued to circulate, with Aaron Johnson's casting as Cyclops the most current (and most frequent). However, rumors aside, two First Class roles have officially been cast (one of them for the second time).
Variety reports that Nicholas Hoult (A Single Man) has been cast in the role of Beast, the sometimes-furry and always brilliant Hank McCoy, a founding member of the X-Men.
Benjamin Walker was originally cast in the role, but he was deemed too old by Fox to play a student of James McAvoy (Professor X) and left the project to pursue a role on Broadway in the musical "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson."
The other actor cast is Caleb Landry Jones (The Last Exorcism) in the role of Sean Cassidy, a.k.a. Banshee, a character that has yet to appear in a X-Men movie.
Jones was rumored to be up for the part earlier this month.
And as far as rumors that are leaking like a sieve, Twilight's Taylor Lautner was recently rumored for an unspecified role in First Class, but E!Online reports that the rumors are "not true" regarding Fox's interest in Lautner and his lycanthropic abs.