We reported last week that Bryan Singer’s sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past, was looking likely to cast some familiar faces. Both Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart are returning as Magneto and Xavier respectively, and there are also rumours of Hugh Jackman returning as The Wolverine. Now it sounds like many more of Singer’s original X-Men line up are keen to return.
Days of Future Past is a film based on a story which covers time travel, linking the X-Men: First Class story (directed by Matthew Vaughn) to Bryan Singers X-Men trilogy based years after. With Days of Future Past set in both present time and the future, naturally we would expect to see Charles Xavier and Magneto in the future, so it would make sense to see Stewart and McKellan return. The Wolverine character it who appears to be bringing all the films together, with Singer wanting to join his original trilogy with both X-Men: First Class and both Wolverine films, and link them all to Days of Future Past. It would naturally be an insult not to have Jackman return as The Wolverine.
So far, so expected, however THR reports that the story “will straddle the 1960s setting established in 2011’s X-Men: First Class and the future of the original trilogy, where mutants are a hunted minority.” Basically, Days of Future Past will take place just after First Class and then after Singer’s original trilogy, and this means that we just might see some familiar faces return.
Vaughn quickly exited the film as director, but is staying on as producer, but it is Singer who appears to be attracting the old faces. It has been reported that those that worked with Singer on his original trilogy are very keen to work with him again. According those close to production “There is a lot of willingness to participate because of Bryan.”
This could mean the likes of Halle Berry, James Marsden and Anna Paquin. It has already been rumoured that Famke Janssen might be appearing in a small cameo in The Wolverine as Jean Grey, and she just might want to appear in Singer’s new film too. Also it has been reported that Mystique will also appear as a villain who fronts the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and in this future Mutants live in internment camps. Mystique was played by Rebecca Romijn, so we might even see a return from her too.
Obviously this is all speculation so far, but the fact there are rumours in place of Singer’s original cast wanting to come back, and the fact the new film will spend some time in the future is very promising indeed. Add to the fact the film won’t spend too much time in the future, then this would make it much easier for those from the original films to free up their schedules for small roles. We await further news!
Fox are expecting, as planned, to go into production on X-Men: Days of Future Past early in 2013, and are sticking to their scheduled release date of July 18th 2014. X-Men: Days of Future Past is being written by Jane Goldman, Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn and will see the newly formed titular team working to prevent an alternate future where mutants are hunted by giant machines called The Sentinels.
It follows the 1980s’ comic storyline written by Chris Claremont that alternates between a present day battle against the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline where an assassination of a government official has led to Sentinels roaming the land and mutants held prisoner in internment camps.
So far the cast for X-Men: Days of Future Past, is looking something like this: Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Hugh Jackman.
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