May 28th, 2010
04:01 PM ET

Casting Chronicles: James McAvoy in new 'X-Men'

But before we get to James, we have to tell you who will be joining the shockingly gaunt 50 Cent in the indie film, “Things Fall Apart”: none other than Ray Liotta, according to Variety.

The movie, directed by Mario Van Peebles, required the once-buff rapper to drop 50 pounds in order to portray a high-school football player stricken with cancer. Liotta will star opposite 50 – real name, Curtis Jackson – as the athlete’s doctor.

Moving on: James McAvoy has been cast as Charles Xavier in the “X-Men” franchise prequel, “X-Men: First Class.” In this movie, fans will see how Xavier formed the mutants into a group aiming to do good. The film already has “Kick-Ass” director Matthew Vaughn signed on to lead the feature, which is scheduled to start filming this summer, according to the L.A. Times.

Along with “X-Men,” there’s been plenty of buzz about another franchise in recent weeks: Wes Craven’s slasher thriller “Scream.” The fourth installment already has Neve Campbell reprising her role as Sidney Prescott, and casting rumors have included Hayden Panettiere and Ashley Greene.

However, it looks like Emma Roberts will be the actress to join Campbell on the vehicle, according to EW. She'll play Sidney's cousin, Jill, one of the heroines of the film whose role will be similar to Campbell's first portrayal of Sidney. The movie's script will once again be written by Kevin Williamson, but the plot is under wraps; production is expected to begin in and around Ann Arbor, Michigan, at the end of June.

Kellan Lutz fans, get ready to hate on "Vampire Diaries's" Nina Dobrev. The actress has been chosen to play Lutz's wife in the action indie "Deathgames," also starring Samuel L. Jackson, according to THR.

The movie, which is filming in Louisiana, tells the story of a young man (Lutz) who's kidnapped and turned into a modern-day gladiator, forced to fight to death in matches orchestrated by Jackson for the amusement of online fans.

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  1. debra

    You're right Cat...that was one intense movie....

    May 31, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cat

    He has the acting chops and more...Did you see him in the The Last King of Scotland or Atonement? James will be one of the great actors of our generation!

    May 30, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. debra

    Good luck to James on the prequel...he has a bit of the patric Stewart lok to him...hope he has the acting chops because there will ne comparisions......

    May 29, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |

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