Over the past few weeks, fans of the X-Men franchise have been sitting on pins and needles waiting for details regarding the plot to the prequel First Class. The recent influx of casting changes including the addition of January Jones as Emma Frost and Zoe Kravitz as Angel (Salvadore?) has taken people for a loop. Over at AICN, they were able to set the record straight with an interview from producer Bryan Singer who not only clarified the film’s story but also Kevin Bacon’s role as the villain.

The setting of First Class will be the 1960s, a time when the country was bursting with the counter culture revolution, the Civil Rights Movement, and in this case, the increasing presence of mutants. We’ll get to see how “Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr met – and how they dreamt of a future with Mutant & Human kind. They’re going to be in their late twenties. Xavier – as played by James McAvoy will not be in his wheelchair to begin the film – but we will see how he wound up in a wheelchair.”

Jones and Bacon will play Emma Frost and Sebastian Shaw and yes, they’ll be bringing the Hellfire Club with them. The overall theme will be very vintage and nowhere near as modern looking as the other X-Men films, something that they’ll be able to get away with because of the time period. The costumes “will be far more comic bookish than we’ve seen before.”

As for the characters, we won’t be seeing Scott (Cyclops) or Jean (Marvel Girl) around but Scott’s younger brother Havoc will be on board. The shoot is scheduled to begin on August 31st and it will have an international feel to it.

“They’ll be shooting in England & the United States – and they’ll be representing other locales around the globe as well, but would only tell me that Russia (aka The Soviet Union… CCCP) will be amongst them”

Overall, Singer says that First Class will be to X-Men what Casino Royale was to James Bond. I don’t have a personal investment in this film but for those of you who do, what do you think of all this? Can you imagine the early X-Men without Scott and Jean?

What do you think of Singer’s plan for First Class? Is he right or is he going about this the wrong way?