So X-Men: First Class is being directed by Matthew Vaughn. An X-Men prequel, featuring characters from X-Men Origins: Wolverine before they became proper X-Men. Was this the film Mark Millar was approached over rather than X-Men 4? could be. Anyway, as the headline says, here's the big question. Who are Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher and Mark Strong going to play?
I ask because Jason Flemyng was in Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, Mean Machine, Layer Cake, Stardust and Kick-Ass, all produced and/or directed by Vaughn. And he loves comic book movies, also appeaaing in From Hell and LXG.
And Dexter was in Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, Layer Cake, Stardust and Kick-Ass.
Hell, they may even find room for Mark Strong who was in both Stardust and Kick-Ass.
I know, I know it's a film about young students. But they can do wonders with CGI these days.
Jason Flemyng went off big prosthetics after League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen when he was suited up as Hyde. But I understand he was in serious consideration for The Beast in X-Men 3 before Vaughn walked off that project. Could we see him Beast up again? He's Matthew Vaughn's most returned-to actor and, after doing a voiceover campaign with him a while ago, I can see why. One of Britain's finest character actors. Love him to bits.
Dexter Fletcher? Well he does look a little like Beak. Dexter does already have a nose about him. He's quirky, engaging, charms you without knowing why. And his American accent has come along way since his days on Steven Moffat's Press Gang. He even played his own American twin rather successfully on Hotel Babylon recently. Mind you, look at that stare and that wild hair… is that a young Magneto?
And Mark Strong does Bald very well. If a Patrick Stewart CGI'd back in time is too costly, could Mark step up? Or sit down rather? He also does a fine line in bad guys with an understandable heart – maybe he's a magnet for the role of Magneto?
It can't be a Matthew Vaughn film without two of three of the above. So place your bets, folks, place your bets…