Update: With Mad Men star January Jones seemingly set for the role in X-Men: First Class which was once a solid lock for Alice Eve, it raised questions as to where the She's Out of My League star stood in terms of Mathew Vaughn's upcoming franchise reboot. Well, it seems that the folks over at ComicBookMovie may have just shed some light over First Class' Emma Frost casting debacle. According to one of their sources, after disagreements over script changes, Eve actually requested a release from her contract. Given the fact that we now have January Jones, that request was apparently granted. However, that's not even the big news. CBM also reports that Alice Eve may be courted away from the Fox-run X-Men film by Marvel Studios for a role in the upcoming crossover extravaganza The Avengers.
According to the report:
"Marvel Studio wishes to include her in their ensemble superhero film, The Avengers, as a villain. The role, albeit minor, would serve to tie together another of their properties; since the villainous character is most notably featured in Thor comic story lines. Though the role has yet to be given a name, fans of the character should undoubtedly be able to pinpoint who it is."
Sooo -- a female villain character carried over from the Thor comic storylines to be played by a buxom blonde bombshell? Gonna need to mull that one over for a bit...
...Well, whadayaknow?! If indeed Marvel has Alice Eve lined up for a role in The Avengers as the sinister Asgardian Goddess The Enchantress, it would be a major upgrade. While the role of Emma Frost is compelling, based on the glutton of others cast for the film, it doesn't seem like our White Queen would have much screen time to do anything. If we were to go by Alice Eve's apparent issues with the script, it may add credence to the idea that things look just as confusing on the inside of this production as it does to us every time we read about the near-daily additions to the cast.
Emma Frost was last played by Tahyna Tozzi in X-Men Origins: Wolverine as a kidnapped super-powered teenager in a very minor role considering her importance in the X-Universe. It's a safe bet that not much changed about that in First Class, much to chagrin of Alice Eve. That being said, it could also serve as a breakthrough role for January Jones, allowing her to shed the domestic cattiness of Betty Draper, should she embrace it well enough.
While not a thing about this rumor is confirmed, what is certain, is that Alice Eve's voluptuous look is absolutely perfect for The Enchantress. Even a small cameo in The Avengers could lead to a major role in the sequel to Kenneth Branagh's upcoming epic Thor film, which would be a huge career boost.
What do you think? Is X-Men: First Class' loss The Avengers' gain?