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.
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http://movieweb.com/person/aaron-taylor-johnson/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.

Sources: Brian Gallagher

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