Led by two sexy, dangerous UK actors, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, as young professor Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Erik Lensherr (Magneto)--originally played by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan, respectively--with Jennifer Lawrence filling in, as it were, for Rebecca Romijn as blue-scaled Mystique, Rose Byrne as Professor X love interest Dr. Moira MacTaggert and Kevin Bacon as the film's villain Sebastian Shaw, leader of the secret Hellfire Club, aided by January Jones (Mad Men) as Emma Frost/ White Queen, this new photo (posted by Slashfilm) grabbed my attention. (Hugh Jackman has been diverted to his own standalone X-Men Wolverine projects.)
A photo gallery and trailer from the movie, which is the fifth in the franchise that has earned $1.53 billion worldwide to date, are below.
Also attractive is director Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, Stardust, Kick-Ass), who while not a reliably commercial director, is never dull. With original X-Men director Bryan Singer producing with the franchise's uber-boss Lauren Shuler Donner, the origin story is set in 1963 at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, when Xavier founds an X-Men school for kids with superhuman abilities. Lensherr starts out as his close friend before becoming his nemesis as the leader of the Brotherhood of Mutants. And while Xavier boasts a head of hair and two strong legs during this movie, he may wind up in a wheelchair by the end.