A couple of weeks back a report emerged that Fox had looked into the availability of Hollywood It boy Taylor Lautner for the rapidly expanding cast of X-Men: First Class. It was one of those “no duh” items, because, well, what studio wouldn’t want Twilight‘s teen werewolf in its next big film?
The Internet being what it is, that one sentence — “Fox, I’m told, even checked Lautner’s availability” — exploded into numerous stories about the 18-year-old actor being in the running for one mutant role or another.
But it turns out there was actually something to that initial report. Producer Bryan Singer tells Blastr (née SciFi Wire) that he wanted Lautner for the reboot, but it just wasn’t in the cards — or, at least, the schedule.
“I wanted Taylor to do it, I really did,” Singer told the website. “He’s doing a movie in Pittsburgh called Abduction, and then he’s got the next Twilight movie. We talked about it a lot — he is a friend — and I really wanted to make it work. It just doesn’t look like it’s possible to do it.” There’s no word about which part Lautner might’ve played.
First Class begins production next month in London with Matthew Vaughn at the helm. To date, the confirmed cast is: James McAvoy as Charles Xavier; Michael Fassbender as Erik Lensherr, the future Master of Magnetism; Kevin Bacon as the unnamed villain; Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique; Nicholas Hoult as Henry McCoy/Beast; Caleb Landry Jones as Sean Cassidy/Banshee; and Alice Eve as Emma Frost. In addition, Lucas Till is rumored to be playing Alex Summers/Havok.
X-Men: First Class centers on the early friendship between Xavier and Lensherr, who work with other mutants to stop a global threat. In the process, a riff between them opens, beginning the war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men. The film opens on June 3, 2011.
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