Jason Flemyng Joining X-Men: First Class

BFI’s Movie-Con III is in full effect in London right now and ComingSoon.net’s man abroad Ben Mortimer has learned that actor Jason Flemyng, last seen playing Calibos in Louis Letterier’s Clash of the Titans and in a small role in Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass, will be reteaming with Vaughn for a role in X-Men: First Class. That role will be Azazel, who was described as a "teleporter" during Flemyng’s presentation for Jonathan English’s Ironclad, but who is in fact none other than Nightcrawler’s father!

The character first appeared in "Uncanny X-Men" #428 in a storyline called "The Draco" where we finally learned that Kurt Wagner a.k.a Nightcrawler was the son of the lead of an ancient race of mutants, from biblical times no less, who looked like demons and who could teleport by opening portals into other dimensions. In the comics, Azazel had been banished to the "Brimstone dimension" by angels, but left that dimension to father children, one of them being Nightcrawler. It’s likely we might just see Azazel in a small role but if he’s in the movie, can Nightcrawler be far behind?

Flemyng told the Movie-Con crowd that like Calibos, his character will involve a lot of make-up, and that he’ll have a tail, which will be added in post-production.