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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ trailer arrives

- October 29th, 2013

After weeks of anticipation, the first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past has finally arrived.

And I might be going out on a limb here, but this two-minute spot has me thinking this could be the best X-Men film ever.

It’s an expanded trailer of the one that leaked in August and heavily featured Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and Ian McKellen’s Magneto.

“I’ve had a glimpse into the past,” Professor X says to Wolverine, before adding, “You have to do for me what I once did for you.”

“So, I wake up in my younger body and then what?” Wolverine asks.

“Find me… lead me, guide me, be patient with me,” X says as images of his younger self, played by James McAvoy flash on the screen. McKellen’s Magneto shows up and tells Wolverine to look for the the younger version of himself, before images of Michael Fassbender flash across the screen.

“Patience isn’t my strongest suit,” came Wolverine’s reply as we get glimpses Halle Berry’s Storm, Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique, Shawn Ashmore’s Iceman, Ellen Page’s Kitty Pryde, Nicholas Hoult’s Beast and Peter Dinklage’s villainous Bolivar Trask.

We also get our first look at some new mutants, including Bishop, that will be showing up in the new film.

Directed by Bryan Singer, and inspired by Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s 1981 comic book arc, Days of Future Past is an X-Men mash-up that will find cast members from the original trilogy and First Class joining forces. The storyline deals with an alternative future in which mutants have been gathered and put in internment camps.

In an interview with Empire, Singer said his film is not a straight adaptation of the comic book storyline.

“It’s its own story, inspired by Days Of Future Past,” he said.

In the comic, it was Page’s Kitty Pryde that goes back in time, but in the movie it will be Wolverine who does the time traveling.

“She’s the prime facilitator — it’s her power that enables that to happen,” Singer added. “But it’s Wolverine who has the strength and the stamina to be able to go back on this journey.”

Let us know what you think of the trailer in the comments below.

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens May 23, 2014.

New ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ pics show Nixon, Vietnam and a blue Jennifer Lawrence

- June 4th, 2013

Bryan Singer continues to be a one-man hype machine for next summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.

After tweeting out new pics featuring Jennifer Lawrence in her Mystique outfit, the director is giving us a look inside the Oval Office, and if you look closely you can spot Tricky Dick. Singer tweeted the photo with the line, “Pivotal meeting.”

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He also tweeted a photo that implies that Days of Future Past will at least touch on the Vietnam War (no surprise as it is set in the 1970s). He tagged this one: “GOOD MORNING VIETNAM!”

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If you haven’t seen the new pics of Mystique and Hugh Jackman and Nicholas Hoult, I’ve included them below.

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Days of Future Past 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 Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) travels back in time to warn the present-day X-Men.

Singer has also announced that Quicksilver (in the form of American Horror Story star Evan Peters) is joining the new film, which could pose a problem for Joss Whedon’s rumoured plans for that character in The Avengers 2.

X-Men: Days of Future Past will be released on July 18, 2014.

First pic of Beast from ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

- April 9th, 2013

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If you’re an X-Men fan, by now you know that director Bryan Singer’s Twitter account is doing heavy duty PR for next year’s Days of Future Past.

The sequel to X-Men: First Class will combine actors from the original X-Men trilogy and 2011′s ’60s-set prequel in a time travel story arc. The new film is rumoured to take place in the 1970s, so expect some funny outfits.

Nicholas Hoult will be back as Beast, and Singer’s tweet shows the character has aged a bit.

 

The film is currently in pre-production in Montreal with First Class stars Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender joined by Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore.

There’s still no word on whether Kelsey Grammer will reprise his role as Beast from 2006′s X-Men: The Last Stand.

X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theatres July 18, 2014.

Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart to appear in new ‘X-Men’

- November 27th, 2012

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Bryan Singer is making his new X-Men film a reunion of sorts. The director has added Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart to X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sequel to X:Men: First Class.

On Thursday, he tweeted the news that McKellen and Stewart, who played mutant leader Magneto and Professor Charles Xavier in the original X-Men movies, would be returning for the new film.

He also tweeted news that James McAvoy (Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) and Nicholas Hoult (Beast) will also be reprising their roles from First Class in the new film.

First Class rebooted the X-Men series in 2011, setting the action in the 1960s. Wolverine, played by Hugh Jackman, and Mystique, played by Rebecca Romijin, were the only characters from the original trilogy to appear in that film.

Days of Future Past is based on a 1981 storyline from the comics that explored an alternate future in which mutants are held in concentration camps. The present-day X-Men try to stop that from happening.

Singer is returning to the X-Men franchise after First Class director Matthew Vaughn opted not to direct Days of Future Past. Vaughan has been mentioned as a possible director for Star Wars: Episode VII.

Are you excited about the return of McKellen and Stewart? Let us know in the comments.

Days of Future Past is scheduled to hit theatres in July 2014.

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