The first X-Men: First Class trailer hit the Web this afternoon, and judging by the minute-plus clip, the latest movie in the popular X-Men series should have a whole lot of brawling mutants, brooding telepaths.... and Kevin Bacon. According to IMDb, Bacon will play Sebastian Shaw, the malevolent leader of the New York branch of the Hellfire Club, and IGN's 55th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time. All caps, please.
(In case you're curious, the Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time was Magneto, who was played by Ian McKellen in the first couple flicks, and will be played by Michael Fassbender this time around.) Also on the X-Men: First Class roster: January Jones as Emma Frost; James McAvoy as a younger Charles Xavier; and Jennifer Lawrence as a younger Mystique.
Over at the X-Men: First Class Facebook page, where the trailer is being hosted, Twentieth Century Fox describes First Class as a kind of prequel. The movie will "chart the epic beginning of the X-Men saga," the studio says. But don't worry! It's not all competing mutant egos and bursts of telekinetic energy: "There is a romantic element, and some of the mutants from [the original] X-Men will figure into the plot."
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[Editor's Note: The original version of this story posted the wrong trailer.]