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Just this past Monday, we reported that Fox was in negotiations with Matthew Vaughn, director of 'Kick-Ass,' to helm the latest installment of the 'X-Men' franchise -- a prequel project entitled 'X-Men: First Class.'

And now it is official, according to Variety. Perhaps even bigger news: The film is being fast-tracked for a release next summer, and set to arrive in theaters on Jun. 3, 2011.

Just this past Monday, we reported that Fox was in negotiations with Matthew Vaughn, director of 'Kick-Ass,' to helm the latest installment of the 'X-Men' franchise -- a prequel project entitled 'X-Men: First Class.'

And now it is official, according to Variety. Perhaps even bigger news: The film is being fast-tracked for a release next summer, and set to arrive in theaters on Jun. 3, 2011.

Bryan Singer will produce 'First Class,' which chronicles the early relationship between Professor X and Magneto, as they lead a young generation of new mutants against a "global threat," and before they become super-hero and super-villain to each other. There is no word on what teenage-versions of X-Men will appear in the film, or if we'll get an appearance from Hugh Jackman's ageless Wolverine, who already had his own run-in with young mutants in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine.'

The plan to go young, echoes Sony's decision to release a teenage reboot of 'Spider-Man', set for theaters in 2012.

The 2011 release date for 'X-Men: First Class' means that next summer just got even busier for crime-fighters. Marvel Studios will book-end the summer with 'Thor' on May 20 and 'Captain America' on Jul. 22, 2011 could be the biggest summer in Marvel Comics movie history.