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Kick-Ass' Aaron Johnson To Play Cyclops In X-Men: First Class?

We've known since early June that Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson has been rumored for a role in the upcoming X-Men: First Class. While the the evidence was weak (a photograph of Vaughn, Johnson and James McAvoy leaving a building together), it did make sense, as Vaughn directed Johnson's last feature and the actor is the appropriate age to join the group. Now we might know what character he could be playing.

AICN has received a tip from a source referring to himself as "Son of Rothman" saying that Johnson will play Scott Summers, better known as Cyclops, in the upcoming Fox film. The source claims that the news is "one hundred percent locked at this point," and it has been known for a while that Vaughn was planning on recasting the role, not using Tim Pocock who played the part in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Now that we know that he lost out on the part of Spider-Man, the story could make a lot of sense and Johnson would be perfect for the part. What's strange is that back in April, while promoting Kick-Ass, Johnson claimed he had already turned down superhero roles and was in no rush to jump back into a pair of spandex. I suppose that getting the opportunity to work with a fantastic director like Matthew Vaughn again is something that's hard to say no to.

Eric Eisenberg
Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.