Finally! According to Deadline, 20th Century Fox has just closed a deal with Matthew Vaughn to come back and direct the sequel to ‘X-Men: First Class,’ with Simon Kinberg writing the script and Bryan Singer back as producer. ‘X-Men: First Class’ was without doubt one of my favourite blockbusters of 2011, however, while I’m happy to see Vaughn back in the directors chair, it does alarm me that Kinberg is penning the script instead of Vaughn’s frequent collaborator Jane Goldman – who co-wrote ‘X-Men: First Class,’ ‘Kick Ass,’ ‘Stardust’ and ‘The Debt’ with Vaughn. Kinberg has a number of duds on his resume; ‘xXx: State of the Union,’ ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and ‘Jumper.’ Fingers crossed my slight trepidation is unwarranted and Goldman comes on-board to touch up the script at a later date.

While there’s no confirmation, I’d assume the principal cast will reprise their roles, including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Lucas Till, Caleb Landry Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Jason Flemyng and Jennifer Lawrence. There’s currently no word on what direction the sequel will go in. On the promotional rounds for the first film, Vaughn suggested that he might want to kick off the sequel with the Kennedy assassination. “I’ve got some ideas for the opening for the next film. I thought it would be fun to open with the Kennedy Assassination, and we reveal that the magic bullet was controlled by Magneto. That would explain the physics of it, and we see that he’s pissed off because Kennedy took all the credit for saving the world and mutants weren’t even mentioned. And we could go from there, and I’ve got some fun ideas about what other mutants to bring in.” Expect more details regarding this film soon.