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Anna Paquin and Ellen Page join ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

- January 28th, 2013

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X-Men fans received another tidbit of news over the weekend that should further fan the flames of anticipation for next year’s Days of Future Past. Over the weekend, director Bryan Singer tweeted the return of Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore (who played Rogue and Iceman in X-Men, X2, and X-Men: The Last Stand), and Ellen Page (who was Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand).

The trio join mainstays from the original trilogy of films Ian McKellen (Magneto), Patrick Stewart (Professor Xavier) and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), who will appear alongside cast members from X-Men: First Class – James McAvoy (the young Professor Xavier), Micheal Fassbender (the young Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (the young Mystique), and Nicholas Hoult (the young Beast).

That leaves Halle Berry (Storm) and Famke Janssen (Jean Grey) – who appeared in the first three films – still waiting by the phone.

The plot for Days of Future Past is adapted from a 1981 storyline from the comic series that involves time travel. In case you’re a newb, First Class is a prequel X-Men film that takes place in the 1960s.

Singer directed the first two X-Men films before turning the franchise over to Brett Ratner. Singer went on to make Superman Returns (we all know how that worked out) and Valkyrie. His next film, Jack the Giant Slayer, opens March 1.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is currently in pre-production and opens July 17, 2014.

What do you think of having stars from both series appearing in the same film? Will Days of Future Past suffer from having too big a cast? Let us know in the comments.

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3 comments

  1. BH | January 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Too big a cast… no. Considering the source material has a huge cast of characters, you know what you are getting into. If you don’t well you probably won’t like it anyway. The thing that is probably more concerning is the return of Singer and the first 3 movie actors (exceptions being Magneto and Prof X who were brilliant). The first 3 movies were so “Hollywood” they weren’t enjoyable. So what are we going to get, something more like the better acted First Class or the too shiny to like 1-3? I dare not speak too much of the source material or the non-comic book movies fans will cry afoul and call me a fanboy. And if I do not, the fanboys call me betrayer of the series. I have no trouble separating my love or disdain for either version. But will leave it at this, Days of Future Past is a major story arc that has been revered for decades now… like many book to movie conversions and the people who loved it in the first place… don’t destroy it. There is a reason you are using it as the backbone of your production… it’s good on it’s own.

  2. James | January 28, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    with such a big cast, this movie needs to be at least three hours long. they should have hired peter jackson to direct.

  3. Matthew | January 28, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I agree with James and BH in that the movie needs to be 3 hours to hold such a large cast. One of the reasons X3 wasn’t well-received was that it was too short (100 mins), and there wasn’t enough time to flesh out other characters like Colossus.

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