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The Man in Black Joins X-Men First Class

Believe it or not, it isn't Johnny Cash

 Yes, Platt and Goldberg were tag team partners.

As if in answer to inferiorego’s concerns about the deluge of strange casting announcements relating to X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, Deadline’s reporting that Oliver Platt has also been cast in the movie.  Who’s he playing? The Man in Black. Hm? Are the X-Men battling against frequent Stephen King villain Randall Flagg? Did he open a door revolving around the Dark Tower to enter this world? No no no… that’d be absurd. Obviously, the Xavier institute will be hiring country-music legend Johnny Cash to head its music department in this movie.  

Sheesh… what’s there to say about this? This has had to be strangest casting roll-out I’ve ever seen for any comic movie. I thought it was a crackpot theory at first, but all of this is really pushing me to think that time travel’s going to factor in to this, somehow. The characters are cherry picked from all over the X-MEN chronology, Matthew Vaughn’s made some cryptic comments about this finding a creative way to be set in contemporary times by following STAR TREK’s example as a reboot… and now we’ve got two super-secret villains. The clues are there! Maybe Platt’s going to be a version of Nimrod or Bastion while Bacon will be Bolivar Trask. It wouldn’t be that big of coincidence, given how recent SECOND COMING was, and like I’ve said, the Sentinels are really the last part of the X-Mythos to be addressed. == TEASER ==

Anyway, Platt’s a character with a long history of dramatic roles.   He most recently won a lot of accolades for playing my former professor, Bob Zelnick in FROST/NIXON.   When I hear his name, I always think of his bizarre casting as an evil pro wrestler in that WCW lover letter, READY TO RUMBLE.   The role that’ll probably interest you the most is that he voiced Hades in that direct-to-video WONDER WOMAN cartoon feature.

For those of you who’ve lost track, here’s the confirmed cast as of today…

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here & here.

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Posted by difficlus

wow...just wow .lol.

Posted by iLLituracy

Why is this happening to me? )':

Posted by Duncan

When do they start casting for the ACTUAL x-men?

Posted by Chibi-Iroh

If the movie is going to be a prequel then we know that neither of them is playing Bolivar Trask because he was played by Bill Duke in X3.

Posted by Namor1987
@Duncan said:
" When do they start casting for the ACTUAL x-men? "
When Hell freezes over & pigs fly
Posted by Duncan
@Namor1987: It is starting to sound like that. I didn't even have much faith in this movie to begin with however.
Posted by The_Martian

This news is making me sad.

Posted by Mutant God

Do you think Quicksilver and/or Scarlet Witch might be in this movie
Posted by Death Certificate

WTF?!

Posted by Johnnytheboy

Hearing "The Man in Black" and seeing that photo of Platt, the name Mr. Sinister jumped out in my addled brain. Though I would love a Jeremy Irons "Mr. Sinister" (and wouldn't he be the perfect Dr. Doom?!), I like Platt as an actor and couldn't believe it took me so long to recognize him in Year One. I don't know if he could pull the roll off physically, but his acting chops (and his voice acting as Hades) tell me he could pull it off theatricly. Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne comes to mind.  Though I do like seeing all the characters running around in the background , it does get a little distracting. Super Hero movies in the past have always set their world up so that the starring Super Hero is the only one in existence, so I like knowing they recognize that there is a "bigger world" that the main character is a part of. The recent Marvel movies have done a good job with that. I'm for quality over quantity in the end. I want to like and get to know the few characters I am watching.

Posted by -Eclipse-

Screw Fox, it became obvious LONG ago they were going to ruin this movie. Just think of it as a good thing, if this movie sucks, Marvel might get the rights back so they can make a proper X-Men movie. 
 
For now, I don't really care about this movie. Maybe the trailers will change my mind, but I'm going to focus my hype on the REAL Marvel movies like Thor and Captain America. I have enough faith in those two being good to avoid trailers altogether, like I did with Iron Man 2, so nothing will be spoiled.

Posted by NightFang

Okay....

Posted by Captain13

I just want them to cast Cyke already.
 
A lot of people are complaining about the character choices, but I'll wait for the trailer before I make any judgments.

Posted by burningmidnight

Wait... What!? The Johnny Cash will be the  head of music department. This. Is. Not. Good.  

Edited by Korg
@burningmidnight said:

" Wait... What!? The Johnny Cash will be the  head of music department. This. Is. Not. Good.   "

Yes, he will be heading the music department from beyond the grave.
Posted by Clara Mass
@Nobody said:
" This news is making me sad. "
Co-Signed V_V
Posted by Doctor!!!!!
@Namor1987 said:
" @Duncan said:
" When do they start casting for the ACTUAL x-men? "
When Hell freezes over & pigs fly "

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
Posted by BuddyBulson

every time something is found out about x-men:first class i get very happy. I STILL HAVE FAITH AND IF YOU DONT then your not a x-fan.

Posted by Korg
@BuddyBulson said:
"I STILL HAVE FAITH AND IF YOU DONT then your not a x-fan. "
No, I'm a pretty huge X-Men fan, and I have zero faith in this movie.
Posted by BuddyBulson
then have faith, the movie might stink but at least you get to see mutants come to life. 
Edited by ArtisticNeedham

Kevin Bacon maybe playing Shaw
 
 
while Platt could be playing
Harry Leland
 
 
and Alice Eve is playing Emma
Posted by Weapon-Alpha

i thought bacon was gonna be shaw in this movie
Posted by Korg
@BuddyBulson said:
" then have faith "
I think we already went over this. 
 
@BuddyBulson said:
"the movie might stink but at least you get to see mutants come to life.  "
Yeah, I have the 3 existing X-Men movies for that.
Posted by batmanboy11
@Korg said:
No, I'm a pretty huge X-Men fan, and I have zero faith in this movie.
Posted by SlightConfuse

i thought you meant jacobs brother from lost

Posted by XFan616

Duders...think about this! Bacon's most rumored role (confirmed by IMDB if that means anything) is Sebastian Shaw. Look at the dude and tell me he wouldn't be good as Harry Leland or some other fat member of the Hellfire Club. Plus we have Emma Frost.
 
Like I've already said, I'm done trying to figure this out, though. I'm gonna just wait and watch.

Posted by Sheep-Kill

I think Platt will be Leland.  Mabye Shaw(Bacon) will finance the Sentinel Program maybe only to aid Magneto and later make the Sentinel's attack human ( Like how Magneto re-wired Cerebro in X2). 
 
so seeing that we might have the Hellfire  Club as the bad guys just cast Eva Green or Kate Beckensale as Selene already.

Posted by Comik Book Guy

i'm not gonna get excited or disappointed for this movie. i'm just gonna wait and see how it turns out

Posted by Jordanstine

  • James McAvoy -- Prof. X
  • Michael Fassbender – Magneto
  • Alice Eve -- Emma Frost
  • Nicholas Hoult – Beast
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Mystique
  • Caleb Landry Jones – Banshee
  • Lucas Till – Havok
  • Edi Gathegi - - Darwin
  • Jason Fleming - - Azazel
  • Rose Byrne - - Moira MacTaggert
  • Kevin Bacon – Mystery Villain     
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    Awesome! 
     
    The only X-Men characters missing now to round up the cast are: 
     
    - Lockheed

    - Douglock

    - Bishop's Sister

    - The Starjammers 
    - Ultimate Beast 
    - and the prop guy in page 14 from Uncanny X-Men # 227 
     

    Posted by spider-man 2996

    Why just why
    Edited by skaarason

     WHO'S NEXT !

    Posted by narfman00

    I'm actually kind of psyched. Sure if there's no Cyclops or Jean it wouldn't be really an X-Men movie. But I'm confident one or both of them will be in it. But this is a prequel, so really anything goes. I have faith in Matthew Vaughn
    Posted by jordama

    Unless I'm missing something about the code used, could it be Black Tom?  
    Posted by CaptainGenisVell

    so out of all the ones that actually appear in first class you only have prof x and beast supposedly cast......wel havok as well, but don't remember seeing him for more than a few panels.
     
    Fox better get there cast together quick for the other 4 or this ain't First Class at all and they will be pushing it schedule wise

    Posted by Chibi-Iroh

    I said it 2 times already and I will say it again I have a feeling this movie is going to make more sense than it appears to and that every mutant will make sense in the grand scheme of it all.

    Posted by BuddyBulson
    @Chibi-Iroh: 
     
    i agree
    Posted by Comiclove5

    I'm still protesting this movie. Who's with me.

    Posted by White Mage
    @BuddyBulson said:
    "every time something is found out about x-men:first class i get very happy. I STILL HAVE FAITH AND IF YOU DONT then your not a x-fan. "


    If you have faith that this movie is going to be good even after seeing Wolverine Origins and X3, then YOU are not the X-fan.   
     
    This casting is in the realm of "WTF?!".  I'm getting some serious "Scorpion King 2" vibes from this film, and I'm just waiting for them to cast Nicki Minaj as Storm 
    Posted by TheVindicator

    Why did they cast this oversized-cranium, out of shape, skeevy-looking, no-talent bum?
     
    Is this the last X-men movie before the rights revert back to Marvel? (I sincerely hope so)

    Posted by ManuelPrez

    so why marvel doesnt have the rights to do the ultimate x-men

    Posted by White Mage
    @Jordanstine said:
    "
  • James McAvoy -- Prof. X
  • Michael Fassbender – Magneto
  • Alice Eve -- Emma Frost
  • Nicholas Hoult – Beast
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Mystique
  • Caleb Landry Jones – Banshee
  • Lucas Till – Havok
  • Edi Gathegi - - Darwin
  • Jason Fleming - - Azazel
  • Rose Byrne - - Moira MacTaggert
  • Kevin Bacon – Mystery Villain     
  •  
    Awesome! 
     
    The only X-Men characters missing now to round up the cast are: 
     
    - Lockheed

    - Douglock

    - Bishop's Sister

    - The Starjammers 
    - Ultimate Beast 
    - and the prop guy in page 14 from Uncanny X-Men # 227 
     

    "
    I don't know you, but we need to become friends.
    Posted by gambitpryde1993
    @Mutant God: Probably not cause I heard Magneto's gonna be a good guy. But it would be awesome if they were in later Avengers movies.
    Posted by BuddyBulson
    @White Mage: 
     Nicki Minaj  is ugly i just googled her. and X3 had bad parts but it was still awesome to see alot of it, and i liked Wolvie Origins, tho i hate logan with a passion that might be why. the movie wasnt too bad.
    Posted by Marius138
    @BuddyBulson said:
    " every time something is found out about x-men:first class i get very happy. I STILL HAVE FAITH AND IF YOU DONT then your not a x-fan. "
    @BuddyBulson said:
    " then have faith, the movie might stink but at least you get to see mutants come to life.  "
    I really can't follow your logic here.  Any real X-Men fan wouldn't be satisfied with seeing a poorly put together story with the X-Men's name thrown on it.  We want a movie that has an actual plot with depth and at the same time respects the source material.
     
    Fox has proven that they are incapable of making a good X-Men movie and it's time they returned the rights to Marvel so we the fans can see a proper X-Men movie.
    Posted by Shadow_Thief
    @BuddyBulson:  While I generally consider optimism to be a virtue, I am becoming less and less confident in this film. I'm a big fan of doughnuts, but if Tim Horton's announces that they're going to be filling them with cow plop, I am not automatically going to be excited about it. Fox has already done considerable damage to my "faith" in the X-Men film franchise.
    Posted by ImperiousRix

    Perhaps they mean he'll be Black Tom Cassidy?  I suppose Platt could play that character, although I have no idea why he'd be in the goddamn movie. 
    In the words of Superboy Prime, "THEY'RE RUINING IT!!!"

    Edited by ComicMan24

    The only mutant from First Class that they have casted is Beast. Where are the others?

    Online
    Posted by HODGEY3000

    thats just silly
    Posted by Grim

    i hate this. My feelings on comic movies stay the same. If there are decades of comics full of characters and stories interesting enough to thrive all these years, what gives Hollywood the balls to change them?

    Posted by mickeyglocks

    why the heck is Azazel in this movie? are we gonna see him and mystique make nightcrawler?

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