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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.

‘Wolverine’ director: New film takes place after X-Men 3

- January 8th, 2013

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For those of you thinking The Wolverine would be a prequel to Marvel’s X-Men trilogy, director James Mangold has revealed that the new movie takes place after the events in X-Men: The Last Stand.

Hugh Jackman is back once again as Logan, the adamantium-enhanced hero, in a story adapted from Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s 1982 mini-series. Like the book, the action will be set in Japan, with Wolverine battling an assortment of ninjas.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mangold explained how the new film fits into the whole X-Men film chronology.

“It’s set after X-Men 3, but I wouldn’t call it a sequel to X-Men 3,” he said. “It was only to my advantage to set it after the X-Men films because the X-Men had effectively ended at that point. A lot of the key characters had died. There was a sense if I’m locating this film not five minutes after the other movie, but a period of time after that last X-Men movie, I can find a Logan who is living separate from the world. He is no longer a member of some superhero team.”

Mangold also revealed that while the film will retain story elements from Claremont and Miller’s story arc, the new film will have shades of the Western added in as well.

“One of the models I used working on the film was The Outlaw Josey Wales. You find Logan and his love is gone, his mentors are gone, many of his friends are gone, his own sense of purpose – what am I doing, why do I bother – and his exhaustion is high. He has lived a long time, and he’s tired. He’s tired of the pain.”

He’s also happier that Wolverine is operating pretty much solo in this instalment.

“With the X-Men movies he’s part of a team, so he gets little scenelets, but they’re essentially team movies,” Mangold says. “The liberty I have making a film like this is I can find him… It’s his emotional experience, his trajectory, his sense of loss, and his own ambivalence about his powers and talents.”

The Wolverine has had a bit of arduous journey getting to the big screen. It was originally supposed to be directed by Darren Aronofsky. After he dropped out, the film was further delayed after the 2011 Japan earthquake.

What do you think? Are you miffed The Wolverine isn’t a sequel to Origins, or are you happy things are starting “fresh” for Logan?