With its success in the box-office and overall critical acclaim, there was no doubt that Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class would be getting a sequel. And after working around Liongate's schedule with Jennifer Lawrence (who plays the pivitol role of Mystique in X-Men, and who also plays the lead for Liongate's blockbuster hit, The Hunger Games), FOx plans to begin shooting X-Men: First Class 2 January 2013.
Vaughn has already signed up to direct the next picture, and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: The Last Stand) is attached to script. Bryan Singer, who wrote and directed the first two X-Men films, will also be involved with the movie's production. James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones and Jennifer Lawrence to return to reprise their roles as well.
There hasn't been any clear details on what the story will be about, but seeing how First Class ended, Magneto has gathered a couple of evil mutants, and Professor X will be starting building his school to train mutants to control their powers. I guess they'll be butting heads in the next installment.
Last year, Matthew Vaughn did throw out a couple of ideas on what we could possibly expect to see in the sequel, but none of this is for sure yet:
"I've got some ideas for the opening for the next film. I thought it would be fun to open with the Kennedy Assassination, and we reveal that the magic bullet was controlled by Magneto. That would explain the physics of it, and we see that he's pissed off because Kennedy took all the credit for saving the world and mutants weren't even mentioned. And we could go from there, and I've got some fun ideas about what other mutants to bring in. I don't want to tempt fate, though. If the film's a hit, of course I'd be interested. I really enjoyed making it."
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