"X-Men: First Class" Gets a "Kick-Ass" Director and a Release Date! 

20th Century Fox has confirmed that "Kick-Ass" director Matthew Vaughn will be helming "X-Men: First Class." The studio has also announced that the comic book adaptation will be released on June 3, 2011. Bryan Singer, the guy who gave us the first two "X-Men" films, conceptualized "First Class" but must leave production to direct "Jack the Giant Killer." He's still attached to co-produce with Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg.

Ashley Miller and Zack Stents, the scriptwriters of Marvel Studios' "Thor," are doing rewrites on the script, and production is set to start this summer. No official word on the cast yet, or whether Patrick Stewart will return as Professor Charles Xavier or Hugh Jackman will reprise his role as Wolverine. But, our friends at ComingSoon.net has posted the logline:

"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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