EXCLUSIVE: Aaron Johnson Will Not Star in 'X-Men: First Class'

Producer Tarquin Pack also talks about the tone of the film and says more about the 'Inception'-inspired script revisions.
Aaron Johnson will not portray Cyclops
Aaron Johnson will not portray Cyclops
I just got off the phone with producer Tarquin Pack, who was promoting the brand new Kick-Ass DVD and Blu-ray that just hit the shelves yesterday, August 3. Pack, who was a producer on Kick-Ass, is also serving as a producer for director Matthew Vaughn on his new film, X-Men: First Class, which is about to begin filming. I was able to get in a few questions about this highly-anticipated film, including the rumors that Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson was a part of the cast, the tone of the new film and more on the story from a few days ago about Vaughn removing parts of the script due to similarities with Inception. Here's what he had to say below.

There was a rumor that Aaron Johnson was portraying Cyclops. Is that happening at all? Are there any other cast members you can tell us about?

Tarquin Pack: Nothing you don't know about, yeah. Don't believe everything you read in the papers about Aaron, unfortunately. Aaron's kind of busy, yeah.

Can you talk a bit about the tone of the film? Will this be similar to the first three films or will you be going in a different direction, tonally?

Tarquin Pack: I think the first two (X-Men and X2: X-Men United) are the closest to the sort of movie we want to make. This isn't going to be a Kick-Ass version of X-Men. It is what it is and I think Matthew will bring a freshness to it. He has a way of authoring movies, like you see in Layer Cake, Stardust and Kick-Ass, that nuanced outlook will be in X-Men because that's just the way he is as a director. That's just the way he works. I think all of the movies he's done, where you expect him to turn right, he turns left. That's why Fox asked him to do an X-Men movie and, even though it's a big, franchise American movie, and you might think he'll be turning right like everyone else would, we'll still be turning left (Laughs).

There was a story that came out a few days ago where Matthew said he had seen Inception and had to cut a few pages out of the script. Can you elaborate on those revisions at all?

Tarquin Pack: I can't go into great detail, but let's just say that an idea we thought we had that was brilliant and original... damn that Christopher Nolan (Laughs). In the end, there were cuts. You always want everything to be in your film, but they were kind of irritating changes to make, because it was a really cool idea, but I think there's a possibility that there's a version of it that we might be able to use as well. In the end, it wasn't that we had to remove all this stuff in the film that didn't make sense, it was more that it was a really cool device that we thought we were going to be using.

We'll be sure to keep you posted with any further news regarding X-Men: First Class as soon as we have more information. Be sure to check back for my full interview with Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class producer Tarquin Pack in the very near future.

X-Men: First Class was released June 3rd, 2011 and stars James McAvoy, Laurence Belcher, Michael Fassbender, Bill Milner, Kevin Bacon, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, Beth Goddard. The film is directed by Matthew Vaughn.



Sources: Brian Gallagher

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  1. dd

    Damn. I love this cast, but I really wanted Aaron in it.

    4 years agoby @shantell-taverasFlag

  2. Err

    Too bad, he looks like he was made for the part, in that picture up there.

    4 years agoby @err2005Flag

  3. Diaigma

    Too bad. But oh well. I'm not too excited for this project to begin with :P

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  4. Writer220

    kisslinda26: leave this site while you still can. The longer you spam the more likely you'll get banned.

    Not really excited for this but I'll watch it anyway.

    4 years agoby @writer220Flag

  5. Spongebob_Boxofficepants

    this film will be in June 2011 (according to wiki.org) and it was still developing while Transformers 3 is now filming the x-men franchise is now starting to fall1

    4 years agoby @spongebob-boxofficepantsFlag

  6. ejk1

    @Zany, I admit that Garfield could do a tremendous job in the role, but I have a problem with his age. Months ago, I think during a thread about Logan Lerman getting the role, I posted about how much sense that makes, and how, with the great rogues gallery Spider-Man possesses, this could be a five or six movie series. Now, I feel that potential is gone. By the time this movie is released, Garfield will be 29. That means he will be 31 or 32 when the first sequel hits theaters(assuming there is one). Garfield could be 35 by the third movie, at which point he could never pull off teenage Peter. Plus the variables such as male pattern baldness could show up at that time. By the third movie, Lerman or Hutcherson or any other teenage actor would, by comparison, be only 24 or 25. This means that by the time they reach the age Garfield signed to star as Spider-Man(27), they could have been promoting the FOURTH movie in the series.

    I'm sorry for bloviating a little, but I had a grandiose vision for this series, and now it's gone. Unless of course Garfield looks like a 22 year old college senior at the age of 40.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  7. ZanyZap

    @ejk1: Ryan Reynolds or Chris Evans would be my top picks at this point...

    Although, I disagree on the Spider-Man pick. Yes, Andrew Garfield is older, but I honestly believe he'll do both Spidey AND Peter Parker justice. Never Let Me Go and The Social Network will allow us to gauge his acting ability. I was originally on the fence about the entire reboot in general, but now, I'm totally stoked. (In fact, at this point, the film's probably my most anticipated).

    4 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  8. Dan

    Bah, this stinks.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  9. ejk1

    The way they cast these movies, some thirty year old douche is going to play a teenage Scott Summers. Yes, I am still pissed off over the casting of Spider-Man.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  10. TheSymbiote

    this is great news to me because i hate that guy

    4 years agoby @thesymbioteFlag

  11. DoubleR0522

    well that's sucks he would have been a good cyclops

    4 years agoby @doubler0522Flag

  12. the Narrator

    Dang it.. I thought Aaron was an interesting casting choice. Hope someone good gets the role.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  13. ZanyZap

    Really excited for this and of course, the new Spider-Man film.

    4 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  14. TheNewDrug89

    I think he would have made an OK Cyclops. But i'm sure they can find someone better. Still looking forward to this one!!

    4 years agoby @thenewdrug89Flag