Sunday, February 17, 2013

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Cast and Story Updates

X-Men: First Class

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" is turning out to be one hell of a buzz-generator. Since Bryan Singer returned to helm the sequel to "X-Men: First Class", the news just keep on rolling. The sequel involves time travel and parallel universes (it's based on the comic book arc of the same name) and this plot device will make way for characters/actors from both the original trilogy and the reboot to make an appearance. As such, the cast of "Days of Future Past" includes James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore and Hugh Jackman. Also, Singer is considering bringing back Halle Berry as Storm:
"I got the impression that everyone was kind of excited to come back. The actors from X-Men: First Class are contracted to, but the ones I’ve spoken to are very enthusiastic. Jen’s very excited, I’m with Nick these past few days and he’s excited, and Hugh, Ian, Patrick, Anna—they remember we felt very good about those first two X-Men films back then and I think there’s a good feeling about all of us working together again, and I’m very excited to work with the new cast members as a director as opposed to just a producer.

I can’t say [whether Storm will be in the film]. I don’t know yet. And it’s not necessarily a deal making aspect at all. I want to make sure it’ll make sense. But I love working with her."
X-Men Original Trilogy

Bryan Singer also revealed a lot more this week. First of all, the movie will begin production this April, will be shot in 3D and part of the action will take place in the 1970s. This particular time frame will also involve the presence of Richard Nixon as a character, although the part hasn't been cast, yet:
"Part of it takes place in the 1970s. And Richard Nixon’s in it, that’ll be an interesting casting choice… There’ll also be some more science-fiction-type aspects to the story and, without giving it away, some technology that we haven’t seen yet in the X-Men universe."
Peter Dinklage Singer also teased the existence of an all-CG character in the movie, but offered no further details. The bigger news however is that the director has just added Emmy-winning actor Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones") as the movie's villain, or to be exact, the "main antagonist". Although the antagonist's identity has not been revealed, the news caused quite a stir on the Internet with everyone trying to guess who it is that Dinklage is playing. Also, the expression "main antagonist" is an indication that we can expect some other X-Men baddies to be integrated into the story alongside Dinklage's character.

In the meantime, until we find out who the villains are, X-Men fans will probably enjoy the news that, according to comic book writer Mark Millar (who serves as Fox's creative consultant), the Sentinels will be a "big feature" of "Days of Future Past":
"I don’t really want to give too much away but the Sentinels are a big feature of this story. They will be cool and this will deliver on all of the teasers. We’ve all been waiting for this ever since X-Men: The Last Stand showed us one of their heads. Now it is finally coming, and we only have to pay ten quid to see it in the cinema whereas they’re having to pay $100 million to deliver it. So I’m delighted ."
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" opens on July 18, 2014.


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