Kevin Bacon Confirmed in X-Men: First Class; Jennifer Lawrence Joins as Mystique
07.16.10 by BJSprecher
Only weeks away from the expected production start of X-Men: First Class, two more actors have been added to the cast. Variety has confirmed that Kevin Bacon, who a week ago was rumored to be in talks for a role in the movie, has signed on to star as an unnamed villain. The same Variety report revealed that up-and-coming actress Jennifer Lawrence has joined the cast as Mystique.
First Class is a prequel to Fox's successful X-Men movie franchise, taking place before Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) took on the codenames Prof. X and Magneto and became locked in combat over ideologically polarized points of view regarding human-mutant relations. The movie will see Xavier form his "School for Gifted Youngsters," which is actually a school for recruiting and training mutants to become the superheroes known as the X-Men.
So far, there has been no hint as to which villain Bacon will portray in the movie, though most comic book fans are speculating that he will play Mister Sinister based on the character's connection to the origin of Scott Summers, aka Cyclops, in the Marvel comic books on which the X-Men franchise is based. Sinister is not a mutant himself, but a genetically altered human who acquired his powers and abilities by stealing genetic material from mutants.
Lawrence, who is earning rave reviews for her performance in Winter's Bone, will be taking over the role of Mystique from Rebecca Romijn, who played the villainous blue-scaled shapeshifter in the X-Men trilogy. Since the movie version of the character differs greatly from that of the comic book, it's unclear whether Mystique will be a villain in First Class or not.
Other actors currently cast in the movie include Nicholas Hoult as Henry "Hank" McCoy, aka the Beast, and Caleb Landry Jones as Sean Cassidy, aka Banshee, both "good mutants" in the comic books. Alice Eve and Lucas Till are reported to be in negotiations to portray Emma Frost and Alex Summers, aka Havok, respectively. Bryan Singer, the director of the first two X-Men movies, is producing X-Men: First Class along with Lauren Shuler Donner. Matthew Vaughn directs.