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Kevin BaconThere's no better way to start your weekend than with some steaming hot mutant scoop, and this one's as sizzling as Pyro in a heatwave.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Kevin Bacon is in talks to play the villain in Matthew Vaughn's franchise-resuscitating 'X-Men: First Class.'

No word yet on who this malevolent character might be (we're guessing it's not 'Hollow Man') but opposite James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, Bacon seems a rock-solid choice for some heavyweight thesping. Kevin BaconThere's no better way to start your weekend than with some steaming hot mutant scoop, and this one's as sizzling as Pyro in a heatwave.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Kevin Bacon is in talks to play the villain in Matthew Vaughn's franchise-resuscitating 'X-Men: First Class.'

No word yet on who this malevolent character might be (we're guessing it's not 'Hollow Man') but opposite James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, Bacon seems a rock-solid choice for some heavyweight thesping.

The deal isn't signed, sealed and delivered yet, but negotiations are apparently underway. If Bacon takes the role, he'll be joining an already impressive cast for Vaughn's 'X-Men' reboot, which will take the form of an origin story for Professor Xavier (McAvoy) and Magneto (Fassbender) back before they became mortal enemies.

Other recent cast announcements include Alice Eve as diamond-hard Emma Frost, 'A Single Man' star Nicholas Hoult as Beast, relative newcomer Caleb Landry Jones as sonic-screamer Banshee and Lucas Till as Havok, younger brother of Cyclops. No word yet on whether he and other X-mainstays such as Storm and Jean Grey will make appearances, but speculation abounds that released character names might be purposeful misdirection to throw fans off the scent of the more major players involved.

'X-Men' and 'X2' director Bryan Singer was originally slated to helm the reboot and rescue his franchise from the trainwreck that was 'The Last Stand,' before scheduling conflicts with his 'Jack the Giant Killer' project at Warner Bros. necessitated his exit. Matthew Vaughn beat out eight other directors to win the coveted director's chair, having earned his superhero credentials with 'Kick Ass.'

The official synopsis for the movie is below:

"X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, following the classic Marvel mythology, charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Erik 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 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."

Filming begins in August for a Jun. 3, 2011 release.