Director Matthew Vaughn Compares X-Men: First Class to J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Reboot
08.03.10 by BJSprecher
So far, practically all of the talk about Fox's prequel to the X-Men franchise, X-Men: First Class, has focused on the actors who will be playing the new mutants and the younger versions of the characters seen in the original trilogy, with very little heard about how director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) plans to re-envision the X-Men for a whole new generation of fans. However, while discussing the DVD and Blu-Ray release of his last comic book-inspired movie, Kick-Ass, Vaughn told IGN that he plans to approach First Class as more of a reboot than a straight prequel, comparing it to J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot.
[Abrams] made a fantastically exciting reinvention of that world, with those great characters. And I think there will be comparisons a little bit with X-Men: First Class. It's very similar, in a way. But we're doing some cool stuff in this movie, some really cool stuff that you haven't seen before.
Vaughn said that "it's very exciting" to see the project come together and had high praise for the cast of actors who will be bringing the Marvel Comics characters to life, calling them "truly world class" talents.
James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are really working well together. We're about to start a rehearsal period before the shoot and they are coming up with some great ideas. They really care very deeply about their characters and how they interact in the film. And the younger cast members as well, the other mutants, they're really incredibly talented. .... They're training every day for several hours. Literally, right now they're training with the stunt teams and they're all taking their diets very seriously and exercising a lot and working very, very hard.
is currently in pre-production at Pinewood Studios in London, with principal photography scheduled to begin within a matter of weeks. The "other mutants" that Vaughn referred to include Edi Gathegi
, Caleb Landry Jones
, Nicholas Hoult
, Alice Eve
, Jennifer Lawrence
, and Lucas Till