Michael Fassbender in talks to play Magneto in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

Will Schiffelbein

by: Will Schiffelbein
June 18th, 2010

I'd have no reservations in calling Michael Fassbender the Al Pacino of this generation. To be honest, he doesn't even have to be Pacino. He could be Brando or Bogey. Either way, he's easily one of the best actors to break onto the scene over the past few years. His performances are unrivaled in commitment and talent, which is why I'm curious as to his potential involvement in an upcoming superhero flick.

Apparently, Michael Fassbender is in talks to play Magneto in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. Hit the jump for the full story.

This news comes just after the announcement that James McAvoy will play Professor Xavier, along with the very recent new that Benjamin Walker has been cast as Beast, both of which are interesting actors and choices for the roles. McAvoy isn't a bad actor, but he doesn't look the part to quite the degree that Patrick Stewart did. But I'm always up for a new take on any character. As far as Benjamin Walker is concerned, as well as the character of Beast, I'll have to wait and see until I get a glimpse at their interpretation.

What's really disappointing about this news is that Fassbender is even involved with this project. To think, the guy who delivered the transformative performance from HUNGER is wasting his time on a cash-grab superhero flick. Sure, it could be a movie that delivers some fun action or some new insight into the cardboard cutout characters of the X-Men series, but in the end, it's probably still going to be a superhero movie. And it'd be a waste of Fassbender's time.

Even with Matthew Vaughn directing, who has shown his incredible talent with everything he's done, the source material is just so weak. Superhero comic books rarely deliver a narrative or characters worth making a movie about. I guess I can't make a full opinion on the source material until I've read X-Men: First Class. But so long as it's about a guy with metal bones and can shoot lasers from his eyes, I'll keep my doubts.

Source: The Playlist

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  • SweeneyAstray

    Wow, pretty close minded assessment.

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