Oh lookie here! Cool new X-Men First Class pics and teaser poster

Oooh, my inner fangirl has been so spoiled lately! Forget Spider-man and Captain America, the superhero movie I’m hugely anticipating this year is X-Men: First Class prequel, especially the Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy casting.

You’ve probably seen this banner with all the cast in their mutant suit. As much as I’m excited to see anything from the upcoming flick, I thought the image looks like a bad Photoshop job (that turns out to be a fan-created so that explains the dismal quality). But yesterday, a few additional photos were released that look a heck of a lot better and more realistic. I mean, these people look like they were actually being photographed together. I’m digging the retro 60s look, and I think the cast is great. I just realize Rose Byrne is in this one, I like her. And Jennifer Lawrence has been generating lots of buzz with her performance in Winters’ Bone. I’m also looking forward to seeing the talented young Brit Nicholas Hoult (the one with the glasses) as the young Hank McCoy (Beast).

All photos courtesy of LA Times’ Hero Complex Blog

X-Men: First Class Cast

To see the whole cast list, check out its IMDb page

James McAvoy as Xavier and Michael Fassbender as Magneto

As for the teaser poster, they pretty much went with the ‘X’ emblem route that have been used for the previous X-Men flicks (this one for X:3 with Wolverine’s claws is my favorite). The only difference is this one looks a little more retro with the serif font. If you don’t know anything about this film and what ‘school for the gifted’ means, it almost look like a poster for a Roman swords & sandals film as the whole thing kinda looks like a bronze shield.

I wish they’d just release the trailer already, I mean this movie is supposed to be released June 3rd, you’d think they’ve got at least a teaser trailer of some sort. Just as a comparison, Green Lantern is released two weeks later than this one but we’ve already seen its trailer like a month ago. Well, all we got so far is this trailer description that The Daily Blam released earlier this month. Here are some of the highlights:

● Patrick Stewart and Ian Mckellan voice over the opening lines about destiny and which side will you stand for as scenes of each in their previous X-Men movie roles flash until the entire screen flashes from white to black.
● A very young Xavier and Erik meet for the first time, followed by a different angle of the scene from the opening of X-Men in the concentration camp.
● Scene transitions to Erik yelling dramatically as metal tables in the room begin to float around him. Xavier and Mags shake hands with a tall man in a lab coat introduced as Dr. McCoy.
● The words “The other was too far gone” flash as a very pissed off Erik storms through a hallway killing guards as he passes them.

And for more First Class goodies, MSN also got an interview with Michael Fassbender where he discussed his role as Erik Lehnsherr (a.k.a Magneto). You can read it here. I absolutely can’t wait for this movie, though I kinda feel bad for director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Layer Cake) who seemed really stressed out based on this Hero Complex article. Looks like this is the first time he’s got to work against an extremely tight deadline, whilst he’s used to working on small films that might not even find a distributor! I hope that the studios cut him some slack, I mean, I’d rather wait a few more months if need be than seeing this suffer from a rushed production.

What say you, folks? Are you as excited about this movie as I am?

Casting News: Three I like … and one I dread

I was in the middle of finishing this post when I saw Castor’s Weekly News, there are even more movie news over on his blog, but I’m highlighting these three as they made me jump for joy… whilst the last one did the opposite. Here goes:

  • Latino Review reported last week that Aussie actor Sam Worthington was apparently too busy to star in McG’s action rom-com This Means War. Seriously, for a relative ‘newbie’ in Hollywood to have more than a half dozen projects lined up for him is quite impressive! But I’m excited to hear that Inception‘s scene-stealer Tom Hardy has signed up to take his place. He’s joining Chris Pine who will play best friends who ends up waging a battle against each other when they fall for the same woman, played by lucky girl Reese Witherspoon. Filming probably starts when she wraps filming Water for Elephants with Christoph Waltz and Robert Pattinson. I’m so glad to see Hardy nabs another Hollywood role, this marks the second time Hardy gets the role that Worthington was supposedly involved. The Avatar star was rumored to be involved in the 4th Mad Max sequel Fury Road last year, but Hardy’s been officially cast opposite Charlize Theron.
  • Now, I’m REALLY hoping that the success of Inception will garner attention to the actors who deserve ’em most. Leo doesn’t need any more help, but Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy, now I’d LOVE to see more of those two on Hollywood movies. I’m not saying they should give up independent flicks, no sireee I’m not suggesting that at all, but hey it’s also nice to be able to see their movies in the theaters instead of waiting to see them available on Netflix.

    Well, talk about wish come true. Cillian has just been cast in a British thriller called Retreat with the beautiful Thandie Newton, a role vacated by Jason Isaac. Here’s the plot according to Deadline: Murphy and Newton will play a husband and wife who rent a remote island cottage while trying to repair their marriage. One day they find a biohazard-suited soldier washed up on the beach, who warns them that everybody on the mainland has been killed by an airborne virus. That’s when the psychological fun-and-games begin… It sounds very 28 Days Later-ish, not sure if this is another zombie flick?? I’m not exactly fond of that genre, but as long as Cillian is in this, I’m more than willing to give it a look!
  • Ok, now this is the non-casting news I’m REALLY thrilled about. As I said back in June, I was excited to see the cast lined up for X-Men: First Class, which includes the likes of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult. But then, out of nowhere a teen werewolf threatened to wreak havoc in the classy mutant school. Who else but Taylor Lautner, eeek!! Latino Review actually said producer Bryan Singer was the one considering it: “I wanted Taylor [Lautner] to do it, I really did,” Singer said in an exclusive interview. “He’s doing a movie in Pittsburgh called Abduction, and then he’s got the next Twilight movie. We talked about it a lot–he is a friend–and I really wanted to make it work. It just doesn’t look like it’s possible to do it.” Phew! I’m glad that didn’t happen. I wonder if director Matthew Vaughn put the kibosh on the whole idea? Doesn’t matter now, what matters is that the teen beefcake boy is NOT joining the cast. YAY!
  • Unfortunately, I hit a snag as I was jumping for joy, and it’s involving Twilight, again! Lee Pace, one talented actor I’m hoping will catch his big break soon, is rumored to be joining the teen vampire’s latest installment Breaking Dawn. Talk about major eeek factor! Cinematical shed a light as to the role he’s supposedly in the running for called Garrett, [he’s] one of the vampiric nomads… an adventurous nomad — a tall, rangy vampire with eager ruby eyes and long sandy hair he kept tied back with a leather thong. Ok, so the tall, hunky 31-year-old fits that description (hence his inclusion in this top ten list), but please, you’re too good for this, Lee! The Oklahoma native first caught my attention in Tarsem Singh’s The Fall, a surreal, fantastical visual feast spawned from an injured stunt-man’s imagination. If you haven’t seen this one, I highly recommend it. In any case, I’m hoping this story is just a rumor, at least one source has already disputed it, so there is still hope!

Well folks, any particular casting news lately tickle your fancy lately?