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X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Release Date: July 18, 2014 (North America)

Genres: Action, Comic Book, Sequel          

Production Phase: In Development

Studio: 20th Century Fox   Production Company: Bad Hat Harry

Who's In It: James McAvoy (Charles Xavier / Professor X), Omar Sy (TBA), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde / Shadowcat), Shawn Ashmore (Bobby Drake / Iceman), Anna Paquin (Marie / Rogue)

Who's Making It: Bryan Singer (Director), Simon Kinberg (Screenwriter), Matthew Vaughn (Executive Producer),

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Monday, March 4, 2013

After most of the core cast from the first three X-Men movies have been confirmed to star in Days of Future Past, fans of Halle Berry's Storm were wondering if the weather goddess would reprise the part for the new film. Director Bryan Singer has just confirmed that Berry will come back and play Storm for the fourth time on-screen in the new X-Men movie.

Singer made the announcement via his Twitter account. "Couldn't be more excited that #HalleBerry has joined the cast of #XMen #DaysofFuturePast. Hopefully she can improve the weather in Montreal," said the director.

That leaves James Marsden (Cyclops) and Famke Janssen (Jean Grey) as the only two remaining core cast members from Singer's X-Men movies not yet cast in Days of Future Past.

- Bryan Singer via Twitter. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Monday, March 4, 2013

35-year-old French actor Omar Sy has won a part in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Sy is likely best known in his native land for starring in The Intouchables, a French film released last year.

Who is Omar Sy playing in the new X-Men movie? If we had to hazard a guess, Sy may be playing a time travelling mutant from the future named Bishop. The character was introduced in the X-Men comic book series two decades after the original Days of Future Past storyline, but his origin in a parallel future timeline where humans and mutants fought an apocalyptic war could be meshed into the movie's plot.

- Bryan Singer via Twitter. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Saturday, February 16, 2013

While he's in-between seasons of HBO's Game of Thrones, Emmy-award winning actor Peter Dinklage will earn another paycheck for starring in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The news was announced by the film's director, Bryan Singer, on Twitter a couple of days ago.

Singer didn't say which character Dinklage would be playing in the sequel, leading to much fanboy speculation about who that individual will be. Some are theorizing that he must be playing a Canadian superhero named Puck (whose a part of the superhero team Alpha Flight) because both Dinklage and the Puck character are dwarfs. Others are speculating that Dinklage could be playing Bolivar Trask, the industrialist that created the mutant-hunting robots Sentinels in the X-Men comic bok universe.

- Bryan Singer via Twitter. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

There will be two versions of Professor X and Magneto in the next X-Men movie, Days of Future Past. Director Bryan Singer tweeted the news today that both Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen will be returning to play the older versions of their X-Men movie characters in the film, alongside returning X-Men: First Class cast members James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) and Nicholas Hoult (Beast).

"I'd like to officially welcome back James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, & Nicholas Hoult to #XMEN for #DaysOfFuturePast," said Singer on the social network, before following it up with the following tweet: "Thrilled to announce @ianmckellen118 & @SirPatStew are joining the cast of #XMEN #DaysOfFuturePast #magneto #professorX More to come..."

Rumors were first heard two months ago that Patrick Stewart would be returning to the X-Men movie universe.

That last bit from Singer's fingertips can lead to fanboy speculation. Since it's all but a given that Days of Future Past will see the younger and older timelines of X-Men collide, who else might return from Singer's first two X-Men movies and X-Men: The Last Stand? Could we see Hugh Jackman do more than make a quick cameo as Wolverine? Would Halle Berry come back to play the weather goddess Storm? What about a central character from the Uncanny X-Men comic book storyline that the movie is based on, such as Kitty Pryde (and who was played by Ellen Page in The Last Stand)? And would Kelsey Grammer be interested in playing Beast again opposite Nicholas Hoult?

There's also the thought that Singer could introduce Rachel Summers, the alternate future daughter of Jean Grey and Scott Summers. While both of Rachel's parents died in the third X-Men movie, whose to say how the interaction between the 1960s X-Men and their 2000s counterparts will twist the meta-timeline?

- Bryan Singer via Twitter. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Bryan Singer will sit once again in the director's chair on an X-Men movie: the original X-Men and X2 director will direct Days of Future Past, replacing Matthew Vaughn. While Singer had an executive producer credit on Vaughn's First Class movie, now the pair are swapping job titles and Vaughn will have an exec producer credit on Days of Future Past.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

20th Century Fox has already announced its intentions to release X-Men: Days of Future Past on July 18, 2014. With a hard deadline set, plans are rapidly proceeding for director Matthew Vaughn and most, if not all, of the cast from X-Men: First Class to assemble early next year on a soundstage, somewhere.

But will there be a cast member from the first trilogy of X-Men movies appearing in Days of Future Past? Will the time-bending storyline for the X-Men prequel sequel feature two different actors playing Professor X?

Or phrased in a different way, is Patrick Stewart coming back to play Charles Xavier in X-Men: Days of Future Past?

Right now it's barely more than a bit of fanboy speculation, but there may be some substance to it. The origins of the report stretch back to a mention on the Comic Book Club's podcast (and brought to my attention by Nerd Bastards.) One of the podcast's speakers works at an Apple iStore where Stewart was a customer. After geeking out about the fact that Captain Jean-Luc Picard was a fan of the iPod scene, the store employee/podcaster asked him if there was any possibility of Stewart coming back in an X-Men movie.

Stewart didn't utter a word. Instead, he merely nodded affirmatively. So, is that a yes? Will the time travel aspect of Days of Future Past's storyline allow for both and James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart to play two versions of Professor X, a younger and older version?

It would certainly be a cool idea, and it could serve as a true bridge between Bryan Singer's X-Men movie series and Vaughn's newer, younger franchise of mutants. Let's not forget that Hugh Jackman did a blink-and-you've-missed-him cameo in First Class (and it was one of the movie's best moments too.)

Furthermore, by twisting the timelines of Singer's present day movies and Vaughn's 1960s era tales, the stage could be set for bringing forth an altered timeline à la J.J. Abrams' Star Trek movie. Bring McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique into the 2010s? Sure, why not -- in the X-Men universe, altered timelines and parallel what-if futures have been an often used story concept since the original Days of Future Past comic book arc from the early '80s.

- Comic Book Club, Nerd Bastards. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

In a video interview with IGN, producer/director Bryan Singer confirmed that the subtitle for the X-Men: First Class sequel is X-Men: Days of Future Past. Singer also confirmed that time travel will play a part in it, and that the classic X-Men comic book storyline will be the centerpoint of the movie's story but with new directions added too.

Singer also said that he has ambitions to turn Fox's X-Men movie franchise into a franchise as interconnected as Marvel Studios' Avengers cinematic universe.

- IGN. Comment on this Scoop (1)
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

AICN breaks a scoop that 20th Century Fox has registered the title Days of Future Past with the Motion Picture Association of America. If accurate, this might mean that the First Class sequel will utilize the same classic tale first seen in the pages of Uncanny X-Men #141 and #142.

As plotted by writer Chris Claremont and artist John Byrne, the "Days of Future Past" story saw an older Kitty Pride sent back in time to prevent a dark future from happening. In the original timeline mutants were hunted to near extinction by the robotic Sentinels, with the survivors placed in concentration camps. Pryde's consciousness was sent back in time to inhabit her younger body so that she could prevent the death of a Senator, the trigger that set events in motion for the Sentinel-controlled future.

- Ain't it Cool News. Comment on this Scoop (2)
Thursday, May 31, 2012

The studio has announced a July 18, 2014 release date for the as-yet untitled X-Men: First Class sequel.

- 20th Century Fox. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Friday, April 6, 2012

20th Century Fox has made plans to begin filming the sequel to X-Men: First Class in January 2013.

First word of the news broke via THR which got informed via its contacts at talent agencies. One of the potential problems involved actress Jennifer Lawrence and her possible commitment to Lionsgate to film the sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, this coming fall. If Fox wanted to, they could have exercised their option on Lawrence and had her filming the First Class sequel in the fall too, forcing Lionsgate to delay the start of shooting on Catching Fire or recasting the Katniss role. However, with Fox now eyeing an early 2013 start for its First Class sequel movie the problem is moot.

- The Hollywood Reporter. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Monday, January 30, 2012

According to Deadline, Matthew Vaughn has signed a contract that will have him direct the sequel to X-Men: First Class. Also coming back is first X-Men movie director Bryan Singer as one of the sequel's producers. [Full story]

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