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X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
USA & UK: Twentieth Century Fox
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Bacon, Jason Flemyng, Rose Byrne, Laurence Belcher, Bill Milner, Beth Goddard, Morgan Lily, Oliver Platt, Alex Gonzalez, Zoë Kravitz, Caleb Landry Jones, Edi Gathegi, Corey Johnson, Lucas Till, Demetri Goritsas, Glenn Morshower, Don Creech, Matt Craven, James Remar, Ludger Pistor, Wilfried Hochholdinger, Greg Kolpakchi, Andrei Zayats, Rade Sherbedgia, Ray Wise, Michael Medeiros, Olek Krupa, Yuri Naumkin, Gene Farber, David Agranov, Katrine de Candole, James Faulkner, eva Magyar, Annabelle Wallis, Juan Herrera, Greg Savage, Jarid Faubel, Gregory Cox, Josh Cohen, David Crow, Kieran Patrick Campbell, Sasha Pieterse, Brendan Fehr
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Countries: UK / USA
USA & UK: 131 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some sexual content including brief partial nudity and language
UK Certificate: 12A contains moderate fantasy violence and one use of strong language
USA Release Date: 3 June 2011
UK Release Date: 1 June 2011
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS brings together the epic scale and action of a summer blockbuster with a character-driven story that unveils the beginning of the X-Men saga - and a secret history of the Cold War and our world at the brink of nuclear Armageddon. As the first class discovers, harnesses, and comes to terms with their formidable powers, alliances are formed that will shape the eternal war between the heroes and villains of the X-Men universe. Like all great X-Men stories, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS takes on ambitious themes and issues while offering a rich and personal look at an unusual superhero team.
Set in the 1960s, the world was awakening to the Space Age, the Cold War was at its height with escalating tensions between the US and the Soviet Union becoming a global threat - and it was when the world discovered the existence of mutants.
It is also during this period that Charles Xavier met Erik Lehnsherr. Before Charles (James McAvoy) and Erik (Michael Fassbender) took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers. Before they were archenemies they were the closest of friends, working together and with other mutants to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. Some of these young mutant recruits are fan favorites from the previous X-Men films, while others are classic heroes from the comics but new to the film series. X-MEN: FIRST CLASS provides answers to questions that have long intrigued fans of the movies or comics: How did the X-Men come together? Why is Charles in a wheelchair? Where did the X-Mansion and Cerebro come from? But its themes and historical context will resonate with those unfamiliar with the other films in the series.
Directed by Matthew Vaughn (KICK-ASS), the story is by Sheldon Turner, an Academy Award nominee for co-scripting UP IN THE AIR, and Bryan Singer - whose work as the director of the first two films in the series, X-MEN and X2: X-MEN UNITED.