Damages actress Rose Byrne is in talks to join Fox's X-Men: First Class, directed by Matthew Vaughn, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

With the plot kept under wraps, X-Men: First Class focuses on Marvel's superpowered X-Men team in a younger incarnation than seen in the previous trilogy.

Rose Byrne will play Moira MacTaggert, a scientist and an authority on genetic mutation. She'll be the love interest of James McAvoy, who plays mutant telepath Charles Xavier.

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Fox will film in London at the end of this month.