‘X-Men: First Class’ Picks Up Two More Mutants

Taylor Lautner may not be putting in an appearance in the upcoming superhero epic X-Men: First Class, but the comic-book adaptation is filling out its cast nonetheless.

Deadline Hollywood reports that About a Boy and Skins actor Nicholas Hoult has been tapped for the role of blue-furred bruiser Beast, most recently portrayed by Kelsey Grammer in X-Men: The Last Stand. The role was originally given to Kinsey actor Benjamin Walker, who was dropped from the cast last week.

Meanwhile, No Country for Old Men actor Caleb Landry Jones has picked up the role of Banshee. Landry also has an appearance in the Justin Timberlake-starring The Social Network, about the founders of Facebook.

Currently rounding out X-Men: First Class’ cast are James McAvoy as Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, and Alice Eve as Emma Frost. The Matthew Vaughn-directed film will begin shooting next month for a June 3, 2011 release.

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