Fassbender Locked, Spidey Close

While there’s still no official press releases about either casting, things have progressed on the locking down of key roles in two major upcoming superhero films.

First came a report that Michael Fassbender was deciding between playing Magneto in “X-Men: First Class” or a villain in the “Spider-Man” reboot, then came word a little over a week ago that Fox had formally offered him the role of Magneto.

Now Showbiz 411, who first broke the report about the actor having to choose between the roles, claims that the rising Irish thespian has settled on Magneto. The inclusion of Fassbender and James McAvoy in the key roles has definitely raised many people’s interest levels in what first looked to be a essentially dismissible prequel.

Meanwhile Deadline reports that many of the actors on the shortlist to play Peter Parker in the “Spider-Man” reboot have shot screen tests. The decision about which one will be cast is likely to be locked down soon.

The final list of test subjects apparently includes Jamie Bell, Anton Yelchin, Aaron Johnson, Andrew Garfield, Logan Lerman and Alden Ehrenreich. Michael Angarano and Frank Dillane are also still on the list of candidates but don’t seem to have tested, while there’s no mention of Josh Hutcherson.