Twentieth Century Fox has announced that principal photography for the next installment of the X-Men franchise, the prequel X-Men: First Class.

The new movie is set to show the early days of Professor Charles Xavier (originally Patrick Stewart but now being portrayed as a younger version by James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr/ Magneto (originally Ian McKellen now Michael Fassbender) in the 1960’s as they set up their school for gifted mutants like themselves. The story is also going to incorporate some details from the abandoned X-Men Origins: Magneto project. Other characters incorporated will be Scott Summer’s brother Alex a.k.a Havoc. Also joining the cast are Kevin Bacon as the villainous Sebastian Shaw and January Jones as Emma Frost, both members of The Hellfire Club.

The first shots took place at Pinewood and are rumoured to involved Charles attending Oxford University debating the mutant phenomenon, and Erik dealing with the events at Auschwitz via a flashback sequence. Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) is directing the movie for a June 3rd 2011 release.

Special thanks to Ben Brehaut for finding this piece of news for me!