Very interesting news breaking right now regarding Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class and, yes, it’s another casting decision.

There have been a ton of names orbiting this project ever since James McAvoy was signed up to play the youthful Charles Xavier. He has been followed by Aaron Johnson, Alice Eve, the always wonderful Michael Fassbender among others and now this new name is thrown into the ring.

Nicholas Hoult is reportedly signed up to play the character of Hank McCoy, better known as Beast.

We had heard that Benjamin Walker was tipped to play the part, but Deadline are now reporting that Nicholas Hoult is lining up for the part. Hoult made a great impression in Tom Ford’s A Single Man, was lost in the mess of Clash of the Titans and will soon be shooting George Miller’s Mad Max movies.