Director Matthew Vaughn Says X-Men: First Class Is "Working"
02.03.11 by BJSprecher
Despite fan fears that director Matthew Vaughn's X-Men prequel movie, X-Men: First Class, will be a slapped-together mess because of the huge cast and the need for under-the-wire reshoots, Vaughn recently told Empire that "it's working." He also offered up his reason for taking on the X-Men now as opposed to in 2005 when he dropped out as director of X-Men: The Last Stand only two weeks before the movie was set to go into production, and why he chose James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender to play Prof. X and Magneto.
Vaughn said that the setting of First Class appealed to him and that he now has the confidence that comes with experience to pull off a period superhero movie.
I've always wanted to do a movie set in the '60s. The difference is that now I have experience. On X3 it was cast and I just had to tell the story. Here we have to recast every role, recreate the '60s—which is not easy—and redesign everything.
Though First Class is a prequel, Vaughn said that he hired McAvoy and Fassbender to play the roles of Professor Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr because they fit his image of the characters, and not because of any resemblance to the actors who played the characters in the original trilogy of movies.
I wasn't trying to cast the young Patrick [Stewart] or Ian [McKellen]. I was trying to cast the young Professor X and Magneto; what those characters are in my mind. For me, I'm trying to make a movie that stands on its own two feet. Hopefully there'll be a lot more of this version of the franchise.
X-Men: First Class was written by Jane Goldman, who also wrote Vaughn's Kick-Ass adaptation. The cast includes Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Caleb Landry Jones as Banshee, January Jones as Emma Frost, Oliver Platt as The Man in Black, Lucas Till as Havok, Edi Gathegi as Darwin, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Jason Flemying as Azazel, and Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw.