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The 'X-Men' prequel, 'X-Men: First Class,' now has its Professor X: James McAvoy has signed on to play a young Charles Xavier for the Fox film being directed by Matthew Vaughn, HeatVision has reported.. According to Fox, the film will "chart the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Eric Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were the closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men." The film is scheduled for a summer start in London for a June 3, 2011, release. The 'X-Men' prequel, 'X-Men: First Class,' now has its Professor X: James McAvoy has signed on to play a young Charles Xavier for the Fox film being directed by Matthew Vaughn, HeatVision has reported.. According to Fox, the film will "chart the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Eric Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were the closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men." The film is scheduled for a summer start in London for a June 3, 2011, release.

TheWrap has reported that Reese Witherspoon has been offered a leading role in Paul Thomas Anderson's next film, which is loosely based on Scientology. The drama centers on an L. Ron Hubbard-like individual named "The Master" (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) and his relationship with an alcoholic drifter named Freddie Sutton (Jeremy Renner). Witherspoon would play "The Master's" wife. Although there are no direct reference to Scientology in the script, TheWrap notes that there are references to "a faith-based organization called The Cause that begins to catch on in America in 1952. The film starts shooting in June.

Cowabunga! Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon and Michael Bay are teaming on a new version of the iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, hoping to reboot the 1990 live-action series originally launched by New Line, according to Deadline Hollywood. Last October, Nick paid $60 million for global rights to the TMNT franchise, and they're now moving ahead on the first, untitled project, holding meetings with writers in the coming weeks. Bay, who's also busy with 'Transformers 3,' will produce.

Summit Entertainment is talking with Bruce Willis about taking the lead in 'The Tomb,' a thriller about a security expert who analyzes high security structures to design an escape-proof prison, only to be framed and incarcerated in a master prison he designed himself, forcing him to figure out a way to escape and find the person who put him behind bars. Antoine Fuqua is rumored to be interested in taking the film's helm. [Deadline Hollywood]