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Discussion: X-Men First Class Gets Groovy In The 60's

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Posted August 23, 2010 - By Joseph Baxter

Discussion: X-Men First Class Gets Groovy In The 60's

Over the weekend we've gotten the first bit of news about X-Men: First Class that didn't involve yet another addition to its already scale-tipped cast. After a talk with the film's former director and current producer in Bryan Singer, Ain't it Cool News reported some crucial details about the plot of director Mathew Vaughn's upcoming reboot of the X-Men film franchise. Not only is its status as a reboot (which was generally presumed for some time now,) officially confirmed, but the film will be set to take place not in today's environment, but back in the early 1960's. In a move that may satisfy hardcore canon purists, the shifting of the storyline to a Bay of Pigs/dawn of Beatlemania time-frame will actually serve as a throwback to the time in which the X-Men comic book was originally published.

The film will focus on the early relationship between Michael Fassbender's Magneto and James McAvoy's Professor Xavier at a time before latter was entitled to sweet parking spaces and still had use for a barber. Ironically enough, while this is the fourth X-Men-related film to which we've been treated, it will be the first which qualifies as a proper "origin film" for the X-Men team themselves, as we'll see the original team get recruited and trained.

According to AICN:

"The film takes place in the 1960's. John F Kennedy is the President of the United States. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X are on TV doing marches. There is a spirit of a hopeful future that was prevalent in that time. We will see how Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr met - and how they dreamt of a future with Mutant & Human kind. They're going to be in their late twenties."

Additionally, with the recent casting of Kevin Bacon and now January Jones as The White Queen Emma Frost, it has been all but confirmed that the veteran actor Bacon would be playing the role of Hellfire Club leader Sebastian Shaw. Bringing the classic group of evil aristocratic elitist mutants to the table opens up a world of comic-book-faithful possibilities for the newly-christened X-Men to battle. However, it seems that the 60's, height of the Cold War era setting may also play an important factor in how the storyline will unfold.

"Looks like filming will begin with Xavier at Oxford University in the 60s. And Bryan is excited that the film is going to have a much more international feel than the prior X-MEN movies. They'll be shooting in England & the United States - and they'll be representing other locales around the globe as well, but would only tell me that Russia (aka The Soviet Union... CCCP) will be amongst them. He doesn't want to show all the cards just yet. But the International flavor will give the film a more James Bond vibe... I get the idea that this is going to be something quite special."

While it's difficult to formulate a definitive opinion on these revelations, I do find them encouraging. For one, it seems that, despite the rather superficial impression this production has made with its glutton casting, it does seem to be shooting for something deeper than the X-Men films of before. While one might conclude that this technique of grounding superhero stories into gritty, turbulent, pseudo-realistic settings borrows heavily from the playbook of Watchmen, it's at least a step in the right direction for this newly-revamped franchise. (Short of getting the rights back to Marvel, anyway.)

So, X-Men: First Class just laid some of its cards on the table. How do you think it's shaping up, now?

Source: Ain't It Cool News

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