James McAvoy as the young Professor X in X-Men First Class

James McAvoy (who had the lead role in Wanted) will play as the young Professor X in the upcoming X-Men First Class movie.

X-Men First Class Trailer

“Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-MEN.”

Matthew Vaughn will be helming the project. The movie X-Men First Class will be released on June 3, 2011.

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