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James McAvoy Enrolls in 'X-Men: First Class'

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X-Men: First Class, the upcoming X-Men movie prequel from Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn, will star James McAvoy as Professor Xavier, according to THR's Heat Vision blog. McAvoy will play a young (and un-paralyzed) Charles Xavier. However, it is unclear as to whether he will be sporting the sleek bald look that is famous to Professor X’s character. McAvoy is a rising young actor in Hollywood, who recently starred in the films Wanted and Atonement after his breakout role in The Last King of Scotland. The new X-Men film has an estimated release date scheduled for June 3, 2011.

According to Fox Studios, X-Men: First Class will “chart the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Eric Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time.” However, as the two young friends developed their amazing abilities, “a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men.” The film promises an interesting portrayal of the events that lead to the events in the X-Men film franchise. The actor who will co-star as Eric Lensherr has yet to be named.

Unlike Patrick Stewart's paralyzed Professor X in the three previous X-Men films, McAvoy's Xavier will not be limited to sitting in a wheelchair. Instead, the young actor will have to show off the tough and fully healthy side of a young Charles Xavier, before his crippling accident. Still, I am certain he is up to the task of being an action star, as evidenced in his experience on the hectic and fast-moving set for the comic book movie Wanted.

In my opinion, if McAvoy truly wants to win the hearts of the X-Men faithful, he should definitely go hairless for the part. The film just won’t have that same X-Men feel to it without the cue-ball look, don't you think?

-- Will Bonesso

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