In a brilliant piece of casting, James McAvoy has been cast as a young Charles Xavier aka Professor X in the Matthew Vaughn directed X-men prequel First Class.
“First Class will chart the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Eric Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were the closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men.” according to the studio behind the film, FOX.