UPDATE: Well, there’s some controversy over the veracity of this image — MTV, among other sources, have pulled it; The Hollywood Reporter still has it up. MTV said 20th Century Fox asked for the image to be pulled because it wasn’t “authorized,” though “not authorized” doesn’t necessarily mean “fake,” as ComicsAlliance has dubbed it. After all, there are always tons of fan photoshops circulating before comic movies come out, and studios don’t usually ask for them to be pulled — though they’re usually obviously fake and not accepted as real from major media outlets for any period of time.
If it is fake, who faked it? I have a hard time believing MSN would make their own photoshop (combining images, maybe, but not a whole-scale slap heads on fake costumes job), though I could see an asleep-at-the-wheel editor unknowingly putting up a fake. But if so, why wouldn’t anyone have seen it until today? Hmm. A mystery! Stay tuned as we try to suss this out.
Original Story: It first appeared on MSN and subsequently mysteriously disappeared, but now, thanks to Bleeding Cool, here’s a look at the first cast photo of this summer’s mutant-filled prequel, X-Men: First Class. Pretty sure I’m right about this, so here we go, left-to-right: Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne), Emma Frost (January Jones), Azazel (Jason Flemyng), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Havok (Lucas Till), not sure (perhaps Angel Salvadore, played by Zoë Kravitz?), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Professor Xavier (James McAvoy). The costumes definitely resemble the classic yellow and black/blue Silver Age X-Men outfits, and it looks like anyone concerned that January Jones might not embrace Emma Frost’s er, unique fashion sense (and wasn’t convinced by her outfit Sunday at the Golden Globes), can rest easy. Also, McAvoy’s Xavier still has his hair, so good on him. The Matthew Vaughn-directed movie is out June 3, 2011. Thoughts? Any guesses on the character I couldn’t identify? Let us know.