An Emma Frost Update
by Ken Kneisel
Hello again, gentle reader. It’s been a number of months since the initial announcement that January Jones would portray Emma Frost in the upcoming movie prequel X-Men: First Class. Since then we’ve seen a few photographs from the set in England, but now January Jones has spoken to the Los Angeles Times about Emma’s notoriously skimpy costumes. She also provided a few intriguing clues about what else we can expect from the film.
”The costumes are insane,” Jones said. “It’s a lot of very body-conscious stuff. If you look at the comic book, she’s barely dressed. She’s got quite the bod, which is very intimidating.”
“I’m thinking, ‘I’m supposed to be doing crunches on the plane,’” she said. “How am I gonna get buff in one day? I’m a petite person, so I didn’t want to go into a strict workout and eating regime. I would have disappeared entirely, and she’s very busty, very voluptuous, so I didn’t want to get rid of any of my curves.”
It sounds like we can expect the movie version of the White Queen to maintain her penchant for titillating outfits, and judging from this recent Versace ad campaign featuring January Jones wearing little more than some high heels and a carefully placed handbag, it looks like she has absolutely nothing to worry about when it comes to filling out Emma’s outrageously revealing costumes.
This next quote offers an illuminating glimpse into Emma’s power set in the film.
“I don’t have to do all the crazy prosthetics,” Jones said. “When I morph into my diamond form, it’s all done on computer.”
So Emma will keep her ability to transform into organic diamond even though the movie is set in the past, during the time she was with the Hellfire Club, well before the Genosha incident which triggered her sparkly secondary mutation in the comics. This is certainly interesting, and I actually have no problem with it. But speaking of us persnickety X-Men fans…
“Fans of the X-Men comics have a very set idea of these characters in their heads,” Jones said. “I wanted to know as much as I could about her so I wasn’t disappointing anyone. I’m sure I will still disappoint someone.”
Oh January, I’m sure you won’t disappoint me. Based on what I have seen and read so far, I expect to be entertained at least. I will be going into this movie with an open mind, and in any event I’m sure it can’t be any worse than X-Men 3! (Seriously, do NOT get me and/or STORM started on that cinematic travesty.)
Finally, January left us with a little tease about what else we can expect from her Emma in this film.
“I’m riding around in helicopters, I’m in a boat one day, I’m in all these fight sequences, we’re all over the English countryside,” she said. “I feel like I’m a kid playing mutant.”
So the White Queen will see some action and won’t be relegated simply to eye candy. That definitely sounds exciting!
Are you looking forward to X-Men: First Class, and specifically Emma Frost as portrayed by January Jones, as much as I am, gentle reader?