Date: 18th August 2010
January Jones has signed up to star in X-Men: First Class, it has been revealed.
According to Deadline, the Mad Men actress is to play Emma Frost, a telepathic mutant also known as the White Queen, whose allegiances continually shift throughout the X-Men comic book series. Frost did appear very briefly in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where Tahyna Tozzi played a younger version of the character. In First Class, however, Variety is reporting that January Jones has been signed up to the role. Jones is best known for her work on Mad Men, where she plays Betty Draper.
Alice Eve and Rosamund Pike were previously linked to the role, but Jones has apparently agreed to start shooting as soon as the fourth season of Mad Men wraps up in September.
Emma Frost was introduced in "Uncanny X-Men" #129 in 1980, created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne as The White Queen, a prominent member of the Hellfire Club, a group of wealthy mutants who used their power and powers to confound the X-Men, playing a key role in "The Dark Phoenix Saga." Later, Frost formed her own school for mutants, and her own team called the Hellions, before finally being brought into the X-Men fold by Charles Xavier (and writer Grant Morrison) and becoming a key member of the group for the past few years.
Director Matthew Vaughn also announced that Zoe Kravitz has been cast as Angel, Bill Milner will play a young Magneto, and Morgan Lily is to portray the Young Raven.
They join James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Caleb Landry Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Lucas Till, Edi Gathegi, Jason Flemyng Rose Byrne, Oliver Platt, Kevin Bacon and Jennifer Lawrence in the final cast list for the summer 2011 film.
Source: Press Release