Here’s a strange twist in the news surrounding the quickly-burgeoning cast of Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming X-Men: First Class – January Jones of Mad Men has reportedly signed on to play the role of the beautiful and haughty Emma Frost, a telepath who can also make her skin as hard as diamonds.
The possibility has to arise now that the people who generally report the casting news are not that familiar with the X-Men mythos, considering the fact that Deadline is also claiming that Lenny Kravitz’ daughter Zoe Kravitz is cast in the role of Angel, who was played by Ben Foster in X-Men: The Last Stand. Sure, Vaughn could be doing some race- and gender-blind casting (which could really anger the fanboys, who are notorious sticklers for comic accuracy), but it’s also likely that these reports don’t have things quite right just yet.
It was previously reported that Alice Eve, star of She’s Out Of My League, had been cast in the Frost role, but that no longer appears to be the case. The indication seems to be that Eve has either been replaced, or had never officially joined the cast in the first place.
Other purported cast members in the film, which goes back in time to detail the beginnings of the feud between Professor X and Magneto, include James McAvoy as a young Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as a young Erik Lensherr, Jason Flemyng as Azazel (father to Nightcrawler, played by Alan Cumming in X2: X-Men United), Rose Byrne as Xavier’s love interest Dr. Moira MacTaggert, Caleb Landry Jones as Banshee, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique (formerly played by Rebecca Romijn), Nicholas Hoult as Beast (formerly played by Kelsey Grammer), Lucas Till as Havok (brother of Cyclops), and Oliver Platt as a character known only as The Man In Black – which leads one to think he’s a government spook.
Kevin Bacon is also set to star as the villain, but his character has yet to be named. With any luck, this means Vaughn is going to try to pull off something similiar to what Christopher Nolan managed with Liam Neeson in Batman Begins – i.e. managing to surprise even some hardcore fanboys with the bait and switch of Ken Watanabe as Ra’s Al Ghul. It also lends credence to the idea that Vaughn is at least engaging in some misinformation here and there to try and keep some mystery going about the project.
It remains to be seen whether or not X-Men: First Class will try to fit itself into the same continuity already established by the previous X-Men movies, which would then have to include Frost’s brief appearance as a young captive mutant in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, or if it will try to chart its own course.