Last week, reports put the likelihood of Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, Jonah Hex) playing Magneto in next year’s Matthew Vaughn-directed X-Men: First Class as anywhere from “kinda sorta yes” to “pretty much totally.” Looks like we can now upgrade that to a “for suresies.”
As first reported by Showbiz 411, and later picked up by Latino Review and other notable sources, it looks like Fassbender is officially official to play a younger version of Professor X’s best friend and future arch-nemesis, a role originated on screen by Ian McKellen in the first three X-Men movies. As the story goes, Fassbender had a choice between playing Magneto here or a villain in the new, rebooted Spider-Man franchise, and ultimately chose Marvel’s mutants over Spidey; a pretty sweet position to be in, all things told.
A full look at who’s been cast so far, who’s been rumored and who might join up next — the movie is less than a year away, after all – is right here. Jazzed for Fassbender’s take on the legendary villain? Let us know in the comments.