Bryan Singer gave X-Men fans their first glimpse of Ellen Page as Kitty “Shadowcat” Pryde and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine this week from the set of Days of Future Past.
The director snapped Page looking at Shawn Ashmore (who plays Iceman) and tweeted the pic with the caption: “Hello, Kitty.”
He also gave us a glimpse of the back of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine sporting his trademark coif and leather duds. “Fitting @RealHughJackman,” Singer tweeted.
Kitty Pryde plays a major role in Days of Future Past, which brings together the casts from the original trilogy and 2011′s First Class prequel. The storyline deals with an alternative future in which mutants have been gathered and put an internment camps. A future version of Pryde travels back in time to warn the present-day X-Men. The film will reportedly be set in the 1970s.
And for those of you who haven’t seen it, the CinemaCon trailer for this summer’s The Wolverine has hit the web, as well as a brand-spanking new poster. Hey, you can never have too much X-Men, right?
The Wolverine takes place after X-Men: The Last Stand and finds Logan in Japan, where he’s protecting Mariko (Tao Okamoto) from the Yakuza. The new spot gives us a look at one of the villains – Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova) – as well as the main antagonist, the Silver Samurai.
Director James Mangold tweeted a new poster for the villainous Silver Samurai, which looks absolutely stunning. I love how it uses the same watercolour style as the first teaser poster that just showed Wolverine.
The Wolverine is being adapted from a 1982 comic book arc from Frank Miller and Chris Claremont (one of my all-time favourites) and is skedded to hit theatres July 26.
X-Men: Days of Future Past will be released on July 18, 2014.
Berry joins cast members from the original-trilogy Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore. They will appear alongside First Class stars Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult, as well as new additions Peter Dinklage and Omar Sy.
And in case you’re keeping score, two other stars from the original Famke Janssen (Jean Grey) and James Marsden (Cyclops) are still sitting on the sidelines.
Days of Future Past is adapted from a 1981 comic written by Chris Claremont that involved time travel. Still, though, gotta wonder how they’re going to give ample screen time to all those big names.
In an interview with CNN, Berry said she was happy to be back.
“I loved her and the people love Storm … so I’m happy to come back,” she said.
Are you happy Storm is back? Do you think there are too many stars in the new film? Let us know in the comments.
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.