According to THR, James McAvoy (Atonement, Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) has been cast to play a young Charles Xavier, also known ‘Professor X‘ for X-Men: First Class directed by Matthew Vaughn for Fox. X-Men: First Class – as a prequel – will document what drove Xavier to found the academy that brought togther all of the worlds ‘mutants’. And the eventually the falling out between Erik Lensherr a.k.a Magneto and himself.
In the past three films the role of Xavier was played by Patrick Stewart, who sported a bald head, wheel chair for the origional triliogy.
According to Fox production will start this summer in London, meaning that we should be hearing of casting for a young Magneto some time soon. Moving fast into production Fox is set for a June 3rd, 2011 release. Producing will be Bryan Singer – who conjured the story for First Class – along with Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg. It will be interesting to see how McAvoy depicts a younger and more youthful Professor X – as in all of the comics he in bald and wheelchair bound. But who knows, lets just hope that First Class doesn’t turn out at all like the previouse X-Men origin story Wolverine – which was a huge disappointment.