By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
Score! Gaining some momentum with Matthew Vaughn agreeing to direct X-Men: First Class, 20th Century Fox has announced that we can expect to see the film in theaters on June 3, 2011.
X-Men: First Class Coming Next Summer
The release date is most certainly aggressive, and Fox plans on having the film in production by this summer. Whoever the casting agent may be, they need to move quick; really quick. Bryan Singer, who conceived the adaptation's story, is also on board but in a producer capacity.
"I've been a fan of Matthew's since Layer Cake," said Singer. "He has a deft hand with multiple characters and storylines, and a great love of the X-Men universe. I feel the combination of this story and his vision will make for an exciting and original X-Men film."
First Class chronicles the beginning of the X-Men saga, before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto and when they were discovering their powers for the first time. Close friends then, the two men worked with other mutants (some familiar, some new) to stop a global threat. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men.
"X-Men: First Class presents an exciting opportunity to further explore the history and relationships of these beloved characters. Matthew's combination of talent, verve and vision is perfectly suited to the task," Fox president of production Emma Watts said.