In today’s X-Men: First Class-related news, we bring you word from Entertainment Weekly sources close to the movie that Lucas Til, Miley Cyrus‘ boy-toy in the Hannah Montana movie, is in talks to take the part of Havok. The actor is also slated to appear in the upcoming Battle: Los Angeles next year. The younger brother of Cylcops, Havok, also known as Alex Summers, is a mutant capable of absorbing cosmic radiation and turning his energy into plasma waves, which he can direct at enemies.
Still, EW suggests that the Havok casting may in fact be a clever bit of misdirection by 21st Century Fox, who is hoping to keep a few surprises for the release of the film. EW also reports that the rumored Aaron Johnson casting (for Cyclops, Havok’s older brother) is not true. More on that as the story develops.
In case you missed yesterday’s glut of X-Men casting news:
We reported yesterday that 20th Century Fox has decided upon actor Nicholas Hoult to play Beast in Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming X-Men: First Class, replacing Benjamin Walker. Hoult made his cinematic debut as Marcus, the oft-bullied child adopted by Hugh Grant in the 2002 About a Boy, but has gone on to more mature roles in A Single Man, Clash of the Titans, and a recurring spot on the hit British teen drama Skins. Since his next project, Warner Bros.’ Mad Max: Fury Road, has been delayed, Hoult was available to join James McAvoy (Professor Xavier) and Michael Fassbender (Magneto) in First Class.
Caleb Landry Jones has also just been cast in First Class as Banshee. You may recognize Landry Jones as the kid who sold his shirt to an injured Javier Bardem in No Country For Old Men, or on hit TV show Friday Night Lights. He also just finished working on the upcoming Facebook drama The Social Network with Jesse Eisenberg, and is slated to appear in Liongate’s The Last Exorcism.
Banshee – alter ego Sean Cassidy – is a mutant who had a relatively short run as a member of the X-Men, but whose sonic scream and concussive blasts were devastating to enemies, paralyzing and disorienting them while allowing him to sustain flight.