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'X-Men' Producer: "I Wanted Taylor Lautner"

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Jul. 19 2010, Published 10:40 a.m. ET

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Casting is still underway for X-Men: First Class and much to the dismay of the producer, Taylor Lautner is too booked up for the part.

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"I wanted Taylor to do it, I really did," producer Bryan Singer told Blastr. "He's doing a movie in Pittsburgh called Abduction, and then he's got the next Twilight movie."

"We talked about it a lot — he is a friend — and I really wanted to make it work, he added. "It just doesn't look like it's possible to do it."

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And Bryan wasn't the only one who wanted the Twilight werewolf in the film.

“My only question is: Can he grow mutton chops?” Hugh asked E! Online’s Marc Malkin. “Actually, I think people would probably prefer him as a hairless Wolverine than a rather hairy-chested version. Certainly about a billion young girls would.”

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So who have they cast for the new X-Men film?

"Kevin Bacon, I do believe, is going to happen," Bryan said of the star playing a villain.

"James McAvoy is definitely cast as a young Charles Xavier," he confirmed. "Mike Fassbender is in the movie, Nick Hoult, those are for sure," Singer confirmed.

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