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Benjamin Walker cast as Beast in X-Men: First Class

18 June 2010 5:47 AM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Benjamin Walker is to play Hank McCoy aka Beast in X-Men: First Class, according to Showbiz 411.

Earlier tonight, it was reported that he had been offered a role in the film, which was speculated either to be Beast or Banshee.

Beast, who has superhuman agility and strength, was played by Kelsey Grammer in X-Men: The Last Stand. The character originally had a human appearance before an experiment progressed his mutation and gave him blue fur, claws and fangs.

Walker is the star of New York's hit musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, which had been planning to transfer to Broadway in the autumn but would now have to wait until he is finished filming on X-Men.

He joins James McAvoy, who is playing the younger version of Patrick Stewart's Professor Charles Xavier.

Other reports have linked Rosamund Pike to playing either Emma Frost or Moira MacTaggert; Michael Fassbender to a »

- David Bentley

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'X-Men: First Class' Adds Beast To The Roster

18 June 2010 5:26 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

First Professor X, then Magneto, now Dr. Henry "Hank" McCoy. Matthew Vaughn’s “X Men: First Class” is picking up another cast member. Benjamin Walker, star of the Public Theater’s “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” is the name to remember. He’s going to play Beast, the character played in “X Men 3? by Kelsey Grammer. He’ll be joining the already cast James McAvoy and possibly Michael Fassbender. I can't speak for this Walker guy, but at least it ain't Paul Walker! Hey-o! I trust Vaughn with actors, so if he likes this dude, I'm sure he will do the role justice. As for the film itself: well, I've voiced my displeasure with them going this route before. In fact, you may or may not have read my exact words in an article I wrote right before this one. So, because I am lazy, I will just copy and paste »

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Benjamin Walker to Play Beast in X-Men: First Class?

17 June 2010 10:30 PM, PDT | Superherohype | See recent Superherohype news »

The star of "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson"

The New York Times was the first to mention earlier this week that Benjamin Walker, the star of the theater production "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," had been offered a role in X-Men: First Class. Showbiz411 has added onto that, saying that he is in talks to play Henry Philip "Hank" McCoy (Aka Beast) in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class.

He would be joining James McAvoy, who will play Charles Xavier, and possibly Michael Fassbender, who is in negotiations for the role of Erik Lensherr (Aka Magneto).

Kelsey Grammer played Beast in Brett Ratner's 2006 pic X-Men: The Last Stand.



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X-Men: First Class Hunts A Beast

17 June 2010 10:02 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The drip-feed of casting info for X-Men: First Class is growing into a stream as each day passes. The latest actor linked to the film is Flags of our FathersBenjamin Walker, who is apparently in line to play the young Hank McCoy, Aka Beast.Showbiz 411 (via Cinematical) reports that while it's not finally sealed, Walker is close to locking in a deal to play McCoy, the scientist who ends up evolving into the blue, furry hero as played by Kelsey Grammer in X-Men: The Last Stand. Walker's more fortunate - if he signs, he won't have to don a heavy suit since the younger Beast is a lot less hairy.He’s got another link with the older actor, since they both trained at New York performing arts school Julliard. Walker has recently been putting his acting chops to good use in the city, appearing in a critically lauded »

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Benjamin Walker Will Be A Beast In 'X-Men: First Class'

17 June 2010 7:02 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Rumors are swirling around who will appear as which mutants in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class, but today we finally have an official confirmation of a new castmember. According to Roger Friedman's Showbiz 411, Benjamin Walker has joined the First Class cast as Dr. Hank McCoy, better known as the blue, furry Beast.

Walker's involvement has been whispered for a few days, first cropping up by way of The New York Times. If you follow theater at all, you've probably heard of Walker's performance in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and the production's plans to move to Broadway. But that may now be delayed thanks to Walker's evolution into a First Class mutant.

Walker has been kicking around movies for quite a while -- you might remember him in Flags of Our Fathers and Kinsey -- and is a promising young actor who just hasn't made it big yet. He's earned »

- Elisabeth Rappe

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Benjamin Walker offered role in X-Men: First Class, Jasmine Dustin tests for Mystique

17 June 2010 9:49 AM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

In The absence of further casting announcements for X-Men: First Class, the gossip and speculation continues.

According to the New York Times, Benjamin Walker (pictured) - star of the acclaimed musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson - has been offered "an enviable role in a coming X-Men project".

This must be a reference to First Class, which is now being cast by director Matthew Vaughn.

So far only James McAvoy has been officially confirmed in the cast; he's playing a younger version of Patrick Stewart's Professor Charles Xavier.

Earlier reports have linked Rosamund Pike to the roles of Emma Frost or Moira MacTaggert; Michael Fassbender to a young Magneto, though he is said to have declined an offer to audition; and Aaron Johnson to an unspecified character, speculated to be Cyclops.

Walker's musical connections could mean he is in line to play Sean Cassidy, the Irish mutant called Banshee with »

- David Bentley

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Fox pulls 'Past Life'

19 February 2010 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Reincarnation crime drama "Past Life" has moved on to the TV afterlife.

Fox canceled the struggling and widely panned show after only three episodes, making "Past Life" the 10th series to get the ax in what's been a relatively bloodless season for broadcasters.

It's been six months since the networks launched their fall lineups, and the five broadcasters have each dumped only about two shows on average.

Fox and ABC have jettisoned the most with three titles each. In addition to "Past Life" -- which was rejected after Thursday night's last-place performance and will be replaced by original episodes of "Kitchen Nightmares" -- Fox canceled comedy "Brothers" and Joss Whedon drama "Dollhouse." ABC shed freshman comedy "Hank," magical drama "Eastwick" and veteran "Ugly Betty."

CBS only lost one show, "Three Rivers," while NBC has canceled only "The Jay Leno Show" and John Wells' "Southland," whose planned second season never »

- By James Hibberd

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