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Ray Wise in X-Men: First Class, Nicholas Hoult up for Jack The Giant Killer

1 December 2010 4:24 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

The Socio-political themes and allegories of the X-Men movies demand that the government plays a part in the stories.

The first film, back in 2000, gave us Senator Kelly (Bruce Davison) and a cameo from Henry Gyrich (Matthew Sharp); the second film saw more of the Senator and a Us president played by Cotter Smith; and the third brought us a new president (Josef Sommer), head of Homeland Security Bolivar Trask (Bill Duke) and Kelsey Grammer's Dr Hank McCoy/Beast as Secretary of Mutant Affairs.

X-Men: First Class needs a political figure too and into that role has stepped Ray Wise, the latest cast member to join the ensemble production.

Wise - who played the vice-president in 24 and The Devil in Reaper - tells IGN: "I'm playing the Secretary of State of the United States. I'll be going over there (to the Pinewood film set) in the next couple of weeks. »

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