If X-Men: First Class had a mutant power, it would be the ability to grow cast members at an exorbitant rate. As it so happens, Mathew Vaughn's upcoming revival of the X-Men film franchise has just added another to its already rich cache of mutants. According to Deadline, actor Edi Gathegi, known as the evil Laurent from the Twilight movies and for his stint as the teased Mormon Doctor known as "Big Love" on House, is now on board as the powerful X-man Armando Muñoz, aka: Darwin. Likely minus the dreads, he will be joining a cast that includes the likes of, among others, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Alice Eve, and Kevin Bacon.
A fairly recent introduction to the Marvel Comics Universe in 2006, Darwin has the power to instantly adapt his body towards whatever situation in which he finds himself. If he's underwater, his body will quickly figure out how to breathe, if he's in the dark, his body will quickly find a way to see, and he will often adapt to bodily damage, making him, in a practical sense, invulnerable. The trade-off to his extremely cool powers is his hairless, alien-like appearance, which resulted in an array of rejections throughout his life, even by his own birth parents. This is definitely an interesting choice to add to X-movies, especially given that First Class is likely to be an origin tale for Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr, aka: Magneto.
Thus far, besides a plethora of casting news, we still have little to grasp on the stylistic approach X-Men: First Class will take. Also, its place in the canon of the existing X-films is still up in question, although all signs point to it being a reboot. Specifically, Alice Eve playing an adult Emma Frost in a film that takes place before we saw the teenage Emma played just last year by Tahyna Tozzi in X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a solid indicator of its reboot status.
What do you think about the inclusion of a new character like Darwin in this origin film? Does it work? Does it make sense?