The sequel to X-Men: First Class is now officially a go; although director Matthew Vaughn had already been asked to return, and a script was currently being written, nothing concrete was confirmed regarding when/if the new movie would start shooting, at least until now. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox informed talent agencies Thursday that they plan to begin shooting the sequel to X-Men: First Class in January of 2013. That means Lionsgate could move forward with a Fall start date for the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire without a conflict for newly minted star Jennifer Lawrence, who is set to star in both films.
Not much else is known about First Class 2, except that it probably won’t be called First Class 2. If filming is set to begin next January, that means either a Christmas 2013 or Summer 2014 release date. Given that Jennifer Lawrence is now a big star (or at least the “it girl” of the moment) she’ll likely get a bigger part than last time. Rumors have the movie taking place anywhere from the mid 60’s to the 70’s, but right now is little more than fanboy speculation. Personally, I vote for the 70’s…because that increases the chances for an appearance by Dazzler, not to mention killer sideburns for Michael Fassbender’s Magneto.