UPDATE #2: Our sources from MSN (see comments below) say that the image is totally legit, the problem is one of the actors has not signed off on his likeness in the cast photo.
Update: Seems that there may be a little drama coming along with this image!
Earlier this afternoon, I had heard rumbling across the interwebs that the first official image from X-Men: First Class had debuted on MSN. I wandered over to MSN and found nothing, so I tried following some links that supposedly led straight to the image itself on MSN, and only received an error. It seemed MSN had debuted and undebuted this exclusive image within a very short time. The reason? Well, nothing on that yet . . .
MTV doesn't seem to be convinced that this image is legitimate, stating that it has a "strong Photoshop like vibe" to it - I tend to disagree. It looks cheesy, sure, but I believe it looks just like it's supposed to (believe me, at this point I wish this was Photoshopped fan art!). Not to mention this first appeared on MSN as an exclusive, and even though it was pulled pretty quickly, I would suspect that due-dilligence is done on any promo for a big movie they are going to release as an exclusive.
Currently, MTV does not have the image up on their site, stating:
UPDATE: Fox has indicated to MTV News that this is not an authorized image from the "X-Men: First Class" movie.
[IMAGE REMOVED AT REQUEST OF STUDIO]
So . . . any guess what this not being an "authorized" image mean? They didn't come out and fall it a "fake" or not "official" - they seemed to choose their words deliberately with not "authorized" . . . as in "Yes, this is an official photo, no it has not be authorized to be released yet."?
Make up your own mind and post your thoughts in the comments below! We will keep the image up as long as we can!
Original Post: Here you go folks! Your first look at (from L-R): Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne), Emma Frost (January Jones), Azazel (Jason Flemyng), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Havok (Lucas Till), Angel Salvador (Zoe Kravitz), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy).
Sorry, this is the highest resolution version out there circulating on the interwebs at the moment, but I'll be sure to update this if/when one hits!
So, what do all of you think? Here at BSR first impressions are ranging from "I was so excited . . . until I saw thi." to "This is looking more and more like a fan-made film." to even, "More like 'XXX-Men: First Ass'!" Me? I'm still not thrilled with what I am seeing with this film. Every bit of news and images that rolls out just in turn makes me roll my eyes.
That being said, I would like to eat crow on one thing. A while back when the January Jones as Emma Frost casting was announced, I didn't think she fit the part. I would like to now say she actually looks pretty damn sexy in this picture. Though, I still maintain it's just going to be her playing the same character she always does: Mopey bitch.
Share your thoughts in the comments below!