The latest casting confirmation for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS has rolled out and it’s for… Mystique? Splash Page is saying that newcomer Jennifer Lawrence will be playing a younger version of Raven Darkholme. She just recently headlined the Ozarks Mountain drama WINTER’S BONE and she’ll next be seen in the Mel Gibson comedy (wait for it)... THE BEAVER. I can’t help wondering if this might somehow be related to that rumor we ran a while back about pro surfer Erica Hosseini auditioning to play Willow in this movie. See, Willow has the same shape-shifting powers as Mystique and I don’t think it might be that far off to speculate that the role’s been changing as production's moved along. Like it was probably going to be Willow initially until everybody figured, “Well, why the hell not just make it Mystique?”
With her inclusion, I can’t help thinking that Xavier and Magneto might be forming some kind of proto-mutant class in this movie that’d include her along with the other original members. After Chuck 'n Eric go their separate ways, she'd with the master of magnetism to form the Brotherhood (which would add a lot more weight to his betrayal in THE LAST STAND.) == TEASER ==
So with Lawrence, here’s the official casting break down…
- Prof. X - - James McAvoy
- Magneto - - Michael Fassbender
- Emma Frost - - Alice Eve
- Beast - - Nicholas Hoult
- Banshee - - Caleb Landry Jones
Kevin Bacon’s also been confirmed as playing an unnamed villain in this movie, after he was rumored to do so last week. Fans are throwing a lot of wild guesses about him playing Mr. Sinister or even Fitzroy, but I still think it’s going to end up being something simple like Sentinel-creator Bolivar Trask. Or maybe even a version of Bastion without the ties to Nimrod and Master Mold.
There also continues to be dispute and disagreement about whether Aaron Johnson is going to star as Cyclops in this. I’m going to say yes because it’s just too obvious not to happen. I’m sure Vaughn liked working with him on KICK-ASS - - he probably want to work with him again.