It’s been a while since we’ve seen Kevin Bacon appear in a major blockbuster film as a headliner. The veteran actor who rose to fame over 25 years ago with films like Footloose and Animal House might find himself fending off mutants for his next gig. According to Deadline, Bacon is in negotiations to play the villain in X-Men First Class.

Some of you might be confused as to who the villain could be considering Michael Fassbender has already been cast as Magneto. In comic lore, Professor Xavier and Magneto were close friends when they were younger and First Class will center on those early days where there wasn’t that much bad blood between the two. Therefore, we need another antagonist to take all the heat.

No character names have been thrown out at the moment, all we know is that Bacon is in talks to play the big bad. The cast for X-Men First Class currently includes James McAvoy (Xavier), Fassbender (Magneto), Alice Eve (Emma Frost), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Caleb Landry Jones (Banshee), and Lucas Till (Havoc).

The film is directed by Matthew Vaughn and is scheduled to hit theaters on June 3, 2011.

Who do you think Bacon could play in First Class?