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“X-Men: First Class” adding Riptide to the villainous mix

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: I seriously hope tickets to Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming “X-Men: First Class” come with official scorecards. How else will we be able to keep up with the number of mutants expected to be on screen?

So far, the mutant roster includes James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier; Michael Fassbender as Magneto; January Jones as Emma Frost; Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw; Rose Byrne as Dr. Moira MacTaggert; and “Winter’s Bone” standout Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique.

Well, throw another mutant’s name into the ring.

The Web site Blog De Superheroes (courtesy of Cinema Blend) is reporting that Álex González has been cast in the film as Riptide, a mutant who “can spin at incredible speed, releasing calcium-growth from his bones at high speeds.”

Not one of the more popular X-Men, this villain apparently made his debut in Uncanny X-Men #211, and was an original member of the Marauders.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:

Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-MEN.

Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class” is scheduled to open on June 3, 2011.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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