Source: The Hollywood Reporter
According to The Hollywood Reporter
, James McAvoy
has signed on to play a young Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class
, which Matthew Vaughn
is directing for Fox.X-Men: First Class
will chart the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Eric Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were the closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men.
Fox is planning a summer start for the film, which currently has a June 3rd, 2011, release date.