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'X-Men: First Class' Sequel Details: Simon Kinberg Calls It 'Extraordinarily Ambitious'

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Hot on the heels of Comic-Con, new details about the highly anticipated sequel to 2011's "X-Men: First Class" have emerged. While writer Simon Kinberg can't say much -- "It’s like the most guarded state secret I’ve ever been around," he said in an interview with Collider -- the screenwriter can say that he's been working closely with director Matthew Vaughn and producer Jane Goldman on the script and that they hope to begin shooting next spring.

"It’s extraordinarily ambitious," Kinberg told Collider. "It is unlike the other X-Men movies and yet very much a celebration of the X-Men movies.”

The plot of the sequel still remains vague, but here's a little of what we do know. In February, Kinberg told MTV that the film will likely involve a lot more Magneto (played by Michael Fassbender).

"That’s what was so cool about the first one and what we want to continue," Kinberg said about the comic book villain's tortured origins. "Magneto becomes the villain ultimately of the franchise but he’s a much more complicated character as a young man. He’s someone you sympathize with, you care about you root for even though might not necessarily agree with his methods, you understand his philosophy."

As for the tone of the sequel, Kinberg revealed that the film certainly feels more "epic" than its predecessor. "I can tell you it’s been a very fluid process in the sense of we really went into it, Matthew, Jane and myself, just wanting to create a movie that was as ... I’m very proud of First Class .. as dramatic as that movie, I think it is as dramatic as that movie, but more epic, mythic in a way as well."

As previously reported, stars Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence are under contract to return for the sequel. The critically acclaimed "X-Men: First Class" grossed $353 million worldwide.

For more from Kinberg, head over to Collider.

[via Collider]

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