FX Acquires 'X-Men: First Class'

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X-Men: First Class

The cable network has closed a deal for premiere rights to the Matthew Vaughn-directed film.

Male-skewing FX said Tuesday that it has acquired the premiere rights to X-Men: First Class, the reboot of the popular comic-book based franchise starring Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and January Jones.

The Matthew Vaughn-directed film, which topped the box office last weekend with a $56 million domestic cume, has largely been well-received by critics and serves as a prequel to the X-Men franchise.

"We’ve been on a roll with No. 1s this summer and it’s going to be a film that will work really nice with the stable of superhero movies that we have at the network,” FX executive vp Chuck Saftler told The Hollywood Reporter.

The News Corp.-owned network plans to air First Class in late 2013 or early 2014.

FX this year has aquired several marquee titles including Disney's Tron: Legacy, Sony's The Green Hornet and Paramount's animated Rango. The network last week picked up The Hangover Part II.

Lesley Goldberg contributed to this report.