It's Official: Matthew Vaughn Will Direct <i>X-Men: First Class</i>

After a little back and forth, 20th Century Fox has officially announced that Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaugh will direct X-Men: First Class, a reboot of the studio's lucrative X-Men franchise.

What's more, Fox has set a release date of June 3, 2011, which will push the film against Warner Bros.' Green Lantern, which opens on June 17.

Heat Vision reports that talks resumed with Vaughn on Monday, thanks largely to the involvement of Bryan Singer, who conceived the story for First Class and will produce along with Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg. Singer initially was set to direct, but Fox's eagerness to push the film into production led to a scheduling conflict with his Jack the Giant Killer.

Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who worked on Marvel's Thor, reportedly have rewritten the script by Jamie Moss (Street Kings).

Here's the official description from Fox: "X-Men: First Class, following the classic Marvel mythology, charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Erik 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 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."

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