X-Men: First Class - Michael Fassbender, Caleb Landry Jones, James McAvoy, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence and Lucas Till
Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender), Sean Cassidy/Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones), Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Dr Moira McTaggert (Rose Byrne), Raven Darkholme (Jennifer Lawrence) and Alex Summers/Havok (Lucas Till) © 2011 Twentieth Century Fox
X-Men: First Class
Poster showing School emblem © 2011 Twentieth Century Fox

It’s 1963 (with Doctor Who is about to air it’s first ever episode) and Charles Xavier starts up a school and later a team, for humans with superhuman abilities. Among them is Erik Lensherr, his best friend… and future archenemy.

Bryan Singer who had directed two of the earlier films serves as producer. His time commitments on other projects ment he was unable to direct this one. Instead Matthew Vaughn, who is know for directing Kick-Ass and Stardust (both with comedy aspects) directs.

Official Information

X-Men: First Class charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events.

Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time.

Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to prevent nuclear Armageddon.

In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.

Directed by Matthew Vaughn. Written by Matthew Vaughn, Ashley Miller, Jane Goldman and Zack Stentz. Stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Oliver Platt and Kevin Bacon. Rating: PG

US and Canada release June 3, 2011
UK June 1, 2011
Australia June, 2, 2011

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