Rose Byrne, Jason Flemyng Join “X-Men”

Australian actress Rose Byrne (“Damages”) is in negotiations to play Moira MacTaggert in Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men First Class” for 20th Century Fox says The Hollywood Reporter.

In the comics MacTaggert is a scientist and an authority on genetic mutation who also serves as the love interest of Charles Xavier (James McAvoy).

Meanwhile Jason Flemyng (“Clash of the Titans,” “Kick Ass”) has apparently been cast as the teleporting mutant Azazel in the project reports Coming Soon.

The character was the lead of an ancient race of mutants who looked like demons and could teleport into other dimensions. He was also the father of Nightcrawler.

The pair join the likes of confirmed cast members Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Alice Eve. Filming on the project kicks off in London at the end of this month.