Several web outlets are reporting the following photo as being the first official shot of the cast of the upcoming Matthew Vaughn directed “X-Men: First Class”. It’s hard to say right now whether it’s real or not as the studio aren’t commenting but it certainly looks convincing. A number of sites including MSN and MTV have pulled the photo since it’s release yesterday but this could either be because they don’t buy it as real or that the studio got the lawyers on to them. Personally, I think it’s probably the real Hank McCoy but with the power of photoshop these days it’s always hard to say for 100% so just keep that in mind.
So assuming this is genuine, what can we learn from it? Well first up it’s clear that they’re not going for continuity here. Of the actual X-Men team that featured in the First Class comic, the only one who makes an appearance is Beast and even then it’s in his more familiar fuzzy look rather than the way he looked in the book. Angel gets a wee nod in the inclusion of Angel Salvator (nope, me neither. Apparently she’s from New Warriors) but there’s no sign of Jean Grey or Cyclops anywhere.
On the surface it smacks to me of the kind of random menagerie casting that they employed in Wolverine and X3. Take a tonne of B list comic characters who are well known enough to make comic fans go see the film but obscure enough that you can largely ignore everything about them. That said, this is Matthew “Kick-Ass” Vaughn that we’re talking about here so a degree of patience is perhaps required. I’m still pretty confident that my love of Cyclops will eventually overcome my enthusiasm for new takes on old ideas and this blog will wind up hosting a “Why is Hollywood so scared of boy scout heroes?!” rant, but for the time being I shall hold my peace and see where it goes. After all the costumes do look very cool.
That said, if this is the look they’re going with for Professor X, then he sure as hell better have a very close encounter with a set of hair clippers within ten minutes of the film starting. Seriously, some heads are meant to be bald.