News from The X-Men: First Class Set

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It's hard to believe it was only back in July of last year that we were talking about who would be cast in X-Men: First Class. Now, six months later, the shooting is almost done and the opening day of this big budget prequel is fast approaching.

Geoff Boucher once again has an information-packed article on his blog, The Hero Complex (Los Angeles Times). This time he highlights some of the challenges that First Class director, Matthew Vaughn, and the cast are facing in completing the movie. The movie is slated for a June 3 release, but according to the article, as of January 18, filming was still going on.

Vaughn spoke about the pressure he's under to bring the film in on time -

I’ve never worked under such time pressure. The good thing about the independent world is I never even knew if I was going to get distribution. I’m used to finishing a film and then crossing your fingers that someone is going to like it. This is totally doing it the other way around. We’ve definitely got a release date and we’ve got to make it. - The Hero Complex
James McAvoy, who plays Charles Xavier, explained how First Class adds to the X-Men film universe -

James McAvoy (Charles Xavier)

This is a prequel, so I’m the same character, just younger, but the challenge for me – and for Michael — is to show the same person in a different place in their life; to show someone before they’re this bad guy, before they’re this saint. Charles wasn’t always a … monk, this selfless, sexless monk that he becomes. - The Hero Complex
Read the entire article here

What do you think of the news coming out of the X-Men: First Class set? Do you think the movie is going to be as successful as the first X-Men trilogy?