Magneto prequel to star Ian McKellen - Breaking news!

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    http://filmforce.ign.com/articles/704/704451p1.html

    McKellen Talks Magneto Movie
    Who would he like to see star in the prequel?
    by Stax


    May 2, 2006 - While doing press for his upcoming releases The Da Vinci Code and X-Men: The Last Stand, IGN FilmForce got to ask Sir Ian McKellen about 20th Century Fox's planned X-Men spin-off, Magneto.


    The project, scripted by Sheldon Turner, is reportedly a prequel focusing on the early days of Erik Lensherr (played in the X-Men films by McKellen), how he became Magneto and his relationship with young Charles Xavier.

    "Well, I'm not surprised [by the prequel]. Of course, that's what the comics have been doing for years," McKellen explained. "They've been having prequels and sequels and changing the plot. Going back to the past would be an obvious thing to do. To have a young Magneto story."

    So who would McKellen like to see portray the young Magneto? Be advised, this next part gets a little SPOILERISH. "I'll be playing the part. [laughter] I don't know if it's in the [press] notes, the first time that Patrick Stewart and I appear in this film [X-Men: The Last Stand], we appear to be 25 years younger than we are. And that's been done by a technology never used in film before, which involves no makeup, no special effects whatsoever. We just go into the studio and do the scene as is, and then they morph our faces on to photographs of ourselves 25 years ago. Lo and behold, there we are."

    He continued, "They can take any shaped person and they can slim you down, they can build you up, they can bring out your shoulders, change the style and color of your hair. Remove every wrinkle. They removed so many wrinkles from my face, I looked so young that [X-Men director] Brett Ratner said, 'You've got to put a few wrinkles back. It's looking ridiculous.' So it would mean that I could play myself at 25, feasibly. As long as I can keep myself lithe and sounding young."

    "I mean, that's the big story of this movie is once the stars realize that they don't have to have facelifts anymore, at least as far as their work is concerned. Meryl [Streep] and I can go on playing Romeo and Juliet for the next 20, 30 years. It's no problem. It's astonishing. It's like airbrushing but for the moving picture."

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    Sony's The Da Vinci Code opens May 19, while Fox's X-Men: The Last Stand bows the next week on May 26.
     
  2. WorthyStevens Green Man

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    Sweet! :up: Thanks for the article.
     
  3. Iceman Daffy Duck Vs The Joker

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    Wow they must really be determined to use him. Surely it would be cheaper to get someone younger - not that Mckellen isn't great.
     
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    Go Mags.You rock :up:
     
  6. JP Smelly

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    Wow. I figured they would have done this. :up:
     
  7. SingItWithMeNow Registered

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    that FX sounds pretty amazing, i cant beleive they havnt thought if it already
     
  8. DarknessOfDeath Rebel Scoundrel

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    Ian...i have more respect for ya than I ever had before. U Rock man!!:up:
     
  9. YJ1 Armed and Dangerous

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    "I'll be playing the part. [laughter]"

    Sounds to me like it was a joke. I believe it'll work for a short scene like X3 but I seriously doubt they'll spend the money for a feature length prequel. At any rate, there's NO way they've decided yet. This is just wishful thinking/promotion by Sir Ian.
     
  10. Iceman Daffy Duck Vs The Joker

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    No harm in auditioning for the part - You never know
     
  11. WorthyStevens Green Man

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    Ian McKellan auditioning for Magneto, again. :p

    Casting Director: And what makes you, Sir Ian, think you could pull off this character?
     
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    Well I was expecting him to appear in that Magneto spin-off film anyway. ;)
     
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    i kno a magneto film sounds alright but yall kno what we really want. FOX WILL KNO AFTER OPENING WKEND. X4!
     
  14. WorthyStevens Green Man

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    An Angel spin-off! *dances*

    Oh wait, that's just what I want. :(
     
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    Wow, that technology sounds pretty amazing, I can't wait.
     
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    Funny.... this is only exciting after the critical verdict for x3 is in... Ratner would likely helm the spinofs with his writers.
     
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    Wonder if we'll get a young group of X-Men as an extended cameo.
     
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    I definitely agree that technology sounds extremely interesting and I'm also really surprised this hasn't been used (and publicly known about) until now. At least I know I've never heard about it before...
     
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    i'm really amazed that they have so much faith in a mags spinoff. i mean, i love the character, but i just dont think the general audience is going to be interested at all.
     
  20. imaperson2 Bombastic

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    isnt it sort of like that show: honey were killing the kids on TLC?
     
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    I heard they planned to use it for Red Dragon, actually. I heard this years ago, before Red Dragon Came out, and before the whole Ratner connection, so there are a lot of coincidences here. It is very interesting. If I were Ratner, I'd probably do the same thing. Here's a link, look for "Anthony Hopkins gets a facelift" (2nd half of page).

    http://www.imdb.com/news/wenn/2001-11-28#celeb7
     
  22. Obi-Ron Deal with it

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    I'd say it's a must, at some point in the movie...
     
  23. chaseter Esteemed Member

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    They did use something like it on Red Dragon for Hannibal Lector. This is great news...Ian will remain Magneto.
     
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    interesting filming technique
     
  25. Speedball Don't. Blink.

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    this sounds so fake. all of you are really gullible. he said that they didn't use digital effects to make him look younger, but then he says it is.
    the laughter part gives it away.
     

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