Michael Fassbender joins the X Men
Michael Fassbender has accepted the role of the young Magneto in X Men: First Class.
The Inglourious Basterds star was reportedly spoilt for choice when he was offered both the chance to play a younger version of Sir Ian McKellen's X-Men character Magneto in the new X Men prequel and the role of the villain in Marc Webb's Spider Man 4.
Now Fassbender has made his mind up and signed up to star alongside James McAvoy and Benjamin Walker in X Men: First Class, Showbiz411.com reports.
The film is being directed by Kick Ass's Matthew Vaughn and tells the story of how Professer X and Magneto met as young friends discovering their mutant powers, before they became deadly enemies.
Wanted star McAvoy will play the younger version of Sir Patrick Stewart's character Professor X/Charles Xavier.
Fassbender, 33, is currently filming David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method with Viggo Mortensen and Keira Knightley.
He will appear in several films later this year including Jane Eyre in which he plays the dashing Mr Rochester, opposite Mia Wasikowska in the title role, and comic book movie Jonah Hex with Megan Fox and Josh Brolin.