- X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
A couple days ago Director Bryan Singer let the world know that actors Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen would be returning to the world of X-Men in the respective roles as Charles Xavier and Magneto for his upcoming film, X-Men: Days of Future Past. This bit of news, like many others out there, got me instantly excited about this film.
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Today, The Huffington Post caught up with McKellen to ask him about the return.
"What a gas!” Mckellen said, “I mean, Patrick Stewart and I have been have just been playing "Waiting for Godot" throughout England and in the West End of London. So, we've stayed in touch. We can't believe it [laughs]. I thought these were Fassbender and McAvoy's parts, but -- no, no -- we're back. We'll give them a run for their money. I mean, I haven't read the script, so I don't know how much we've got to do. But, to be back in that world, and for Bryan to be doing it -- with all the success he's had in the meantime -- it's wonderful. Wonderful."
Speaking of Michael Fassbender, what did McKellen think of him as Magneto in X-Men: First Class? "I thought he was exactly that: first class. Excellent... I thought he was better than me. But, we weren't quite playing the same character because he was so much younger than me."
McKellen is reunited with his X-Men co-star Patrick Stewart along with James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult.
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Soon after that it was reported that Hugh Jackman was in talks to return as Wolverine as well.
Heat Vision reported that Jackman was in talks to reprise his role as Logan in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The First Class sequel not only occurs before the events of the original X-Men trilogy, its source material also includes two alternate timelines, which makes it feasible for the casts of both series to appear in the same film. In Chris Claremont’s Days of Future Past arc, an alternate future saw surviving mutants held in concentration camps while giant robot Sentinels patrolled the land; most of the X-Men had been killed. It fell upon heroes of a prior timeline to stop a key event from happening that would lead to the alternate future.
How the two versions of Professor X and Magneto are going to be used in the film remains to be seen.
At this point in time we not quite sure how big of a role Wolverine will have in the film, but considering the source material, I would say that Logan might not have the most screentime, he will certainly be significant to the plot.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is set to star Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Hugh Jackman. With more casting news sure to follow.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is set to open July 18, 2014.