German-born, Irish-raised hunk Michael Fassbender (“Inglourious Basterds,” “Hunger”) is currently being linked to not one but two Marvel comic book film adaptations currently heading towards production.
Showbiz 411 reports that “X-Men: First Class” director Matthew Vaughn is pursuing him to play the younger version of Ian McKellen’s Magneto in Fox’s prequel project which already stars James McAvoy as the younger Professor Charles X. Xavier. That film is slated to kick off filming soon in the UK for release next Summer.
At the same time, Fassbender is being pursued to play the villain in “Spider Man 4” at Sony Pictures. As that film isn’t scheduled to hit until mid-2012, its production won’t kick off until sometime next year.
Fassbender is expected to choose one over the other, the question is which one and how it will fit into his schedule. The actor is currently shooting David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method” and will next star in David Jacobson’s “A Single Shot”. The actor will be seen onscreen in “Jonah Hex” later this month and “Centurion” in August.