First Official X-Men: First Class Stills, Plus Set Report

First Official <i>X-Men: First Class</i> Stills, Plus Set Report

The promotion is really kicking in now. La Times' Hero Complex have not only 3 new stills from the film, but quotes from director Mathew Vaughn and cast member James McAvoy(Xavier) as well as producer Bryan Singer. Check it out..

The first images of the cast in full costume were met with a ..mixed response! But I think the officially released pic in a higher res was a bit better received. Now we have these stills from the flick which give us our first look at Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw, Caleb Landry Jones as Banshee and a pre "Beast" Nicholas Hoult..

Hero Complex also have the first quotes from director Mathew Vaughn since filming ceased on the X-Men prequel. But as we now know, re-shoots are currently underway..

“I’m at that stage where I feel like a boxer against the ropes, I’m just throwing punches and taking them as they come and making sure I don’t hit the canvas. We’re filming at the moment, we’ve a lot to get done. I’ve never worked under such time pressure. The good thing about the independent world is I never even knew if I was going to get distribution. I’m used to finishing a film and then crossing your fingers that someone is going to like it. This is totally doing it the other way around. We’ve definitely got a release date and we’ve got to make it.”

You might think Vaughn sounds a bit nervous about the release date, but make no mistake, he is not lacking in confidence. Many feel that First Class will have a mountain to climb to compete with the likes of Marvel's big upcoming releases(do I really need to name em?) and WB's Green Lantern, But according to Vaughn..

“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Green Lantern” and ”Thor” – Vaughn said that, if anything, it’s the other guys who should be nervous. “With ‘Green Lantern,’ I don’t know about that one, I couldn’t get my head around the trailer, to be honest … look, I will say the following: X-Men as a brand is bigger than Captain America, Thor and the Green Lantern, all put together.”

James McAvoy who plays a younger version of Charles Xavier says..

“This isn’t a reboot, so I’m not replacing anyone, in which case you might want to try to be as different as possible and stay away from what had been done before. This is a prequel, so I’m the same character, just younger, but the challenge for me – and for Michael — is to show the same person in a different place in their life; to show someone before they’re this bad guy, before they’re this saint. Charles wasn’t always a … monk, this selfless, sexless monk that he becomes.”

Finally producer Bryan Singer had thsi to add..

“The biggest challenge is introducing an audience to these characters in a different time – characters the audience is familiar with but now see played by younger actors and in a story taking place in a different time. We have to establish this universe. We had the challenge with the first ‘X-Men’ film, which came at a time when there were no comic-book movies [of this sort] and no template to launch from and yet you’ve got to do that. You have to put your characters out there and introduce them to a quizzical public that sort of recognizes them. But that very thing is the exciting part of it.”

Be sure to click the link below to catch the full, very interesting article over at Hero Complex.

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