James McAvoy to Play Professor X in "X-Men: First Class" 


James McAvoy has been hired to play the role of Charles Xavier in "X-Men: First Class." Previously played by Patrick Stewart in the original "X-Men" films, "First Class" aims for younger viewers and will tell how the professor organizes the X-Men band of mutants to fight the good fight.

Here's the logline of the film:

"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."


Director Matthew Vaughn, the guy who gave us "Kick-Ass," is set to start shooting this summer.

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