X-Men Nabs Hoult, Till, Bacon

Casting talk about the upcoming prequel “X-Men: First Class” continues to rage like a runaway fire with two new names coming onboard and one rumoured name departing today.

Deadline report that Nicholas Hoult (“A Single Man,” “Skins”) will play a young Beast, Lucas Till (“Hannah Montana: The Movie”) will play Havok, and Kevin Bacon is in talks to play a key villain. The 20-year-old Hoult is said to be replacing Benjamin Walker who was involved but left the project.

Meanwhile two reported additions have seemingly been shot down. Entertainment Weekly reports that despite yesterday’s talk that he’s a lock, “Kick Ass” star Aaron Johnson will NOT be playing a young Cyclops after all. The far more dubious rumour of Taylor Lautner also being cast in a role has also been dismissed.

Shooting kicks off this summer in London.