Speculation around Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class is heating up. Earlier today, we mentioned Michael Fassbender as a name being thrown around to play Magneto. A quality choice — it’s worth saying again. Now we’re getting reports that casting director Lucinda Syson, who worked with Vaughn on Kick-Ass and Stardust, has been chatting with Rosamund Pike (An Education, Surrogates) about playing Emma Frost.
Forces of Geek did the math on the situation, saying that one of their “operatives” saw Pike near Syson’s office carrying a copy of “X-Men Origins” dedicated to Frost, an “urbane, mutant telepath with a well-noted dry wit initially known as the White Queen (complete with revealing white attire for which she is known).”
The question is not whether or not Pike would make a good Emma Frost. She’s certainly an actress capable of giving Frost a steely demeanor and some depth. The question again, as it will be with many of the First Class casting announcements, is age. Pike is 31, and could safely play as young as early to mid-20s. That calls into question the age these characters will be when we first meet them. Certainly not as young as they were in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Remember that one, with young Emma Frost and young Cyclops the budding couple? They were what, in their late teens, early 20s? And even though Patrick Stewart got a nice CGI age-reduction in that film, there was still a considerable age difference.
It’s all very confusing. How old are these damn characters, anyway?